Agent Name

Gold cyanide

CAS Number

506-65-0

Formula

C-Au-N

Major Category

Toxic Gases & Vapors

Synonyms

Gold monocyanide; [ChemIDplus] Aurous cyanide; [Merck Index] Gold (I) cyanide; [MSDSonline] UN1588

Category

Cyanides

Description

Yellow odorless solid; Iridescent in sunlight; Slowly decomposed by moisture; Nearly insoluble in water; [Merck Index] Releases hydrogen cyanide when heated in hydrochloric acid; [Sullivan, p. 707]

Comments

May liberate hydrogen cyanide; [Merck Index] An irritant; [MSDSonline] See "CYANIDES." See "Gold."

Exposure Assessment
PEL (OSHA)

5 mg/m3, as CN

MAK

2 mg/m3, inhalable fraction, as CN

IDLH (NIOSH)

25 mg/m3, as CN

Explanatory Notes

The Guide in the Emergency Response Guidebook is for "Cyanides, inorganic, solid, n.o.s."

Adverse Effects
Other Poison

Chemical Asphyxiant

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