Agent Name

Dimethylcadmium

CAS Number

506-82-1

Formula

C2-H6-Cd

Major Category

Metals

Synonyms

Cadmium, dimethyl-; [ChemIDplus] UN3203

Category

Metals, Organic Compounds

Description

Liquid with a disagreeable odor; [Merck Index] Colorless liquid with a metallic odor; [MSDSonline]

Sources/Uses

Used in organic synthesis and as a polymerization catalyst; [Merck Index]

Comments

Pyrophoric; [Hawley] Reacts violently with water; Pyrophoric; An irritant; [MSDSonline] See "Cadmium" and the linked occupational 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]

Bioaccumulates

Yes

TLV (ACGIH)

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

PEL (OSHA)

0.005 mg/m3, as Cd, see 29 CFR 1910.1027

IDLH (NIOSH)

9 mg/m3, as Cd

Explanatory Notes

The Guide in the Emergency Response Guidebook is for "Pyrophoric organometallic compound, n.o.s."

Adverse Effects
Nephrotoxin

Yes

Reproductive Toxin

Yes

IARC Carcinogen

Known Carcinogen

NTP Carcinogen

Human Carcinogen

ACGIH Carcinogen

Suspected Human

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Diseases

Occupational diseases associated with exposure to this agent: