Agent Name

Mercury(I) iodide

CAS Number

7783-30-4

Formula

Hg-I

Major Category

Metals

Synonyms

Iodure de mercure [French]; Mercurous iodide; Mercury iodide; Mercury protoiodide; Yellow mercury iodide; [ChemIDplus] UN1638

Category

Mercury Compounds, Inorganic

Description

Bright yellow solid, insoluble in water and becoming greenish on exposure to light; [Hawley]

Sources/Uses

Used as a topical antiseptic; [Hawley]

Comments

May cause skin sensitization; May cause serious eye injury; Toxic by ingestion; [MP Biomedicals MSDS] See "Mercury, inorganic compounds and the linked occupational disease."

Exposure Assessment
Skin Designation (ACGIH)

Yes

TLV (ACGIH)

0.02 mg/m3, as Hg (0.01 ppm, inhalable fraction and vapor (iodides))

PEL (OSHA)

0.1 mg/m3, as Hg

MAK

0.02 mg/m3, as Hg, inhalable fraction

IDLH (NIOSH)

10 mg/m3, as Hg

Adverse Effects
Neurotoxin

Sensorimotor Neuropathy

Nephrotoxin

Yes

Reproductive Toxin

Yes

IARC Carcinogen

Not Classifiable

ACGIH Carcinogen

Not Classifiable

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