Agent Name

Beryllium nitride

CAS Number

1304-54-7

Formula

Be3-N2

Major Category

Metals

Synonyms

Beryllium nitride (Be3N2); Triberyllium nitride; [ChemIDplus]

Category

Beryllium Compounds, Inorganic

Description

White to greyish solid; [Merck Index] White, grey, or yellow powder or lumps; [MSDSonline] Cubic at room temperature; [Ullmann]

Sources/Uses

Used in atomic energy and to make radioactive carbon 14; [Hawley] The nitrides of the alkaline-earth metals (beryllium, strontium, barium, magnesium, and calcium) are used as sintering additives; [Ullmann]

Comments

An irritant; May cause serious eye injury; Acute inhalation may cause chemical pneumonitis; Chronic inhalation may cause chronic beryllium disease; May cause skin sensitization; Reacts with air at 600 deg C to rapidly produce BeO and N2; [MSDSonline] See "Beryllium" for one additional linked occupational disease. See "NITRIDES."

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

Adverse Effects
Toxic Pneumonitis

Yes

Fibrogenic

Yes

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Diseases

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