Agent Name

Barium fluoride

CAS Number

7787-32-8

Formula

Ba-F2

Major Category

Metals

Synonyms

Baryum fluorure [French]; [ChemIDplus] UN1564

Category

Metals, Inorganic Compounds

Description

Transparent solid; Partially soluble in water (1.607 g/L at 20 deg C); [Merck Index] Colorless or white odorless lump; Slightly soluble in water; [Alfa Aesar MSDS]

Sources/Uses

Used as a flux in vitreous enamels and to make carbon brushes for electrical motors and generators; Also used in heat-treating metals and glass manufacturing; [Merck Index] Used as detector material in PET cameras; [ChemIDplus]

Comments

Poisonous; [Merck Index] Causes somnolence, dyspnea, and respiratory depression in oral lethal-dose study of rats; Causes urine changes, normocytic anemia, and weight loss in 17-week inhalation study of rats; [RTECS] An irritant; Harmful by ingestion and inhalation; [Alfa Aesar MSDS] See "Barium."

Exposure Assessment
BEI

Fluorides in urine = 2 mg/L prior to shift or 3 mg/L at end of shift; (Repeated measurements recommended.)

TLV (ACGIH)

0.5 mg/m3, as Ba (2.5 mg/m3, as F)

PEL (OSHA)

0.5 mg/m3, as Ba (2.5 mg/m3, as F)

MAK

0.5 mg/m3, as Ba, inhalable fraction(soluble compds) [1 mg/m3, as F, inhalable fraction]

IDLH (NIOSH)

50 mg/m3, as Ba

Explanatory Notes

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

Adverse Effects
Nephrotoxin

Yes

ACGIH Carcinogen

Not Classifiable

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