Agent Name

Beryllium nitrate trihydrate

CAS Number

7787-55-5

Formula

Be.2N-O3.3H2-O

Major Category

Metals

Synonyms

Beryllium nitrate; Beryllium nitrate trihydrate; Nitric acid, beryllium salt, trihydrate; [ChemIDplus] UN2464

Category

Beryllium Compounds, Inorganic

Description

White to slightly yellow deliquescent solid; [Merck Index]

Sources/Uses

Used to make mantles for gas lamps; [Merck Index] Used as chemical reagent; [Hawley]

Comments

A strong oxidizing agent; Acute inhalation may cause chemical pneumonitis; Chronic inhalation may cause chronic beryllium disease; Skin contact may cause dermatitis and non-healing ulcers; [CAMEO ]See "Beryllium" for one additional linked occupational disease.

Exposure Assessment
Skin Designation (ACGIH)

Yes

TLV (ACGIH)

5.0E-5 mg/m3, as Be, inhalable fraction

PEL (OSHA)

0.002 mg/m3, as Be, Ceiling(OSHA) = 0.005 mg/m3, as Be(0.025 mg/m3,as Be,for 30 min.peak per 8-hr shift)

IDLH (NIOSH)

4 mg/m3, as Be

Explanatory Notes

The Guide in the Emergency Response Guidebook is for "Beryllium nitrate."

Adverse Effects
Toxic Pneumonitis

Yes

Fibrogenic

Yes

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Diseases

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