Agent Name

Cadmium telluride

CAS Number

1306-25-8

Formula

Cd-Te

Major Category

Metals

Synonyms

Cadmium monotelluride; Irtran 6; Cadmium telluride (CdTe); [ChemIDplus]

Category

Cadmium Compounds, Inorganic

Description

Brownish-black solid; Oxidizes on long term contact with moist air; [Merck Index] Black odorless pieces; [MSDSonline]

Sources/Uses

Used in phosphors and in semiconductor research; [Merck Index]

Comments

An irritant; Can be absorbed through skin; [MSDSonline] See "Cadmium" and the linked diseases.

Exposure Assessment
BEI

Cd in urine = 5 ug/g creatinine; Cd in blood = 5 ug/L; sampling time not critical; "Monitoring in blood should be preferred during the initial year of exposure and whenever changes in the degree of exposure are suspected." [ACGIH]

Skin Designation (ACGIH)

Insufficient data

Bioaccumulates

Yes

TLV (ACGIH)

0.01 mg/m3, as Cd ( 0.002 mg/m3, as Cd, respirable fraction) 0.1 mg/m3, as Te

PEL (OSHA)

0.005 mg/m3, as Cd ( see 29 CFR 1910.1027) 0.1 mg/m3, as Te

IDLH (NIOSH)

9 mg/m3, as Cd

Adverse Effects
Nephrotoxin

Yes

Reproductive Toxin

Yes

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