Agent Name

Potassium silver cyanide

CAS Number

506-61-6

Formula

C2-Ag-N2.K

Major Category

Toxic Gases & Vapors

Synonyms

Argentate(1-), dicyano-, potassium; Kyanostribrnan draselny [Czech]; Potassium argentocyanide; Potassium bis(cyano-C)argentate(1-); Potassium dicyanoargentate; Potassium dicyanoargentate (Kag(CN)2); Potassium dicyanoargentate(1-); Potassium silver cyanide (Kag(CN)2); S 900; Silver potassium cyanide; Argentate(1-), bis(cyano-C)-, potassium; [ChemIDplus] UN1588

Category

Cyanides

Description

White solid; Sensitive to light; Soluble in water; [Merck Index] White crystalline powder; [MSDSonline]

Sources/Uses

Used in silver plating, antiseptics, and to extract silver; [HSDB]

Comments

A severe skin and eye irritant; [HSDB] A severe irritant; [MSDSonline] See "CYANIDES."

Exposure Assessment
TLV (ACGIH)

0.01 mg/m3, as Ag

PEL (OSHA)

5 mg/m3, as CN (0.01 mg/m3, as Ag)

MAK

2 mg/m3, inhalable fraction, as CN (0.01 mg/m3, inhalable fraction, as Ag)

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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