Agent Name

Tetrafluoromethane

Alternative Name

Carbon tetrafluoride

CAS Number

75-73-0

Formula

C-F4

Major Category

Solvents

Synonyms

Carbon tetrafluoride; Arcton 0; CFC 14; Carbon fluoride; Carbon fluoride (CF4); F 14; FC 14; Fluorocarbon 14; Freon 14; Halocarbon 14; Halon 14; Methane, tetrafluoro-; Perfluoromethane; R 14; R 14 (Refrigerant); Refrigerant 14; Refrigerant R 14; Tetrafluorocarbon; [ChemIDplus] UN1982

Category

Chlorofluorocarbons

Description

Colorless odorless gas; [Merck Index]

Sources/Uses

Used as low temperature refrigerant and gaseous insulator; [Merck Index]

Comments

High concentrations can have narcotic effect; [Merck Index] Forms hydrofluoric acid on contact with hot surfaces or flames; In confined space spill, may displace air and act as simple asphyxiant; Evaporating liquid can cause frostbite; Inhalation of high concentrations can cause CNS depression and cardiac arrhythmias; [ICSC] Shipped as pressurized liquid; Containers may explode if heated; In confined space spill, may displace air and act as simple asphyxiant; [CAMEO] See "CHLOROFLUOROCARBONS."

Exposure Assessment
Lethal Concentration

LCLo (rat) = 895,000 ppm/15min

Adverse Effects
Neurotoxin

CNS Solvent Syndrome

Other Poison

Simple Asphyxiant

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