MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET
I PRODUCT IDENTIFICATION
Trade Name: Nickel Boride Ni3B, powder Synonym: Nickel boride
Chemical Nature: Metal boride Formula: Ni3B
Molecular Weight: 186.94 CAS #: 12007-02-2
II HAZARDOUS INGREDIENTS
Hazardous Components: OSHA PEL: ACGIH TLV: Other limits: Percentage:
1 mg/m3 1 mg/m3
Nickel Boride N/E 0.0-100.0
SEC.302(EHS): No SEC. 304 RQ: Yes 1 pound SEC. 313: Yes
HMIS Ratings (0-4): Health: 3 Flammability: 0 Reactivity: 0
HMIS Protective Equipment: *chronic health hazard glasses, gloves, clothing combo. respirator.
III PHYSICAL DATA
Boiling Point 760 mm Hg: N/E or N/A Melting Point: N/E or N/A
Specific Gravity (water=1): N/E Vapor Pressure (mm Hg): N/E
Vapor Density (Air=1): N/A Evaporation Rate: N/A
Solubility in H2O: Decomposes % Volatile: N/E or N/A
Appearance and Odor: Metallic powder, no odor Physical State: Solid
IV FIRE AND EXPLOSION HAZARDS DATA
Flash Point: N/E or N/A (Non-flammable) Explosive Limits: LEL: N/A UEL: N/A
Autoignition PT: N/E or N/A
Extinguishing Media: USE: Not applicable. Use suitable extinguishing media for surrounding materials or type of fire.
Special Fire Fighting Procedures: Firefighters muse wear full face, self-contained breathing apparatus with full protective clothing
to prevent contact with skin and eyes. Fumes from fire are hazardous. Isolate runoff to prevent environmental pollution.
Unusual Fire and Explosion Hazards: None recorded
V HEALTH HAZARD INFORMATION
Routes of Entry: Inhalation, skin, eyes, ingestion.
Health Hazards (Acute and Chronic):
To the best of our knowledge the chemical, physical and toxicological properties of nickel boride have not been thoroughly
investigated and recorded.
Nickel is a confirmed carcinogen with experimental carcinogenic, neoplastigenic, tumorigenic and teratogenic data. Poison
by ingestion, intratracheal, intraperitoneal, subcutaneous and intravenous routes. An experimental teratogen. Ingestion of soluble
salts causes nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Hypersensitivity to nickel is common and can cause allergic contact dermatitis, pulmo-
nary asthma, conjunctivitis and inflammatory reactions around nickel containing medical implants and prosthesis (Sax, Dangerous
Properties of Industrial Materials, eighth edition).
Boron compounds are very toxic and therefore considered and industrial poison. Boron is one of a group of elements, such
as Pb, Mn, As, which affects the central nervous system. Boron poisoning causes depression of the circulation, persistent vomiting
and diarrhea, followed by profound shock and coma. The temperature because subnormal and scarlentina form rash may cover the
entire body (Sax, Dangerous Properties of Industrial Materials, eighth edition).
Inhalation: Acute: May cause irritation to the upper respiratory tract, mucous membranes, nasal cavities and boron poisoning. May
cause pulmonary asthma attacks.
Chronic: Prolonged or repeated inhalation may cause pneomitis.
Ingestion: Acute: Large doses may cause boron poisoning, intestinal disorders, convulsions and asphyxia.
Chronic: May cause nickel toxicity affect the central nervous system.
Skin: Acute: May cause irritation.
Chronic: May sensitize the skin (nickel itch). May cause allergic dermatitis, eczematous dermatitis and may be accompanied a week
later with superficial skin ulcers, which may discharge and become crusted.
Eye: Acute: May cause irritation.
Chronic: May cause conjunctivitis.
Target Organs: May affect the nasal cavities, respiratory system, lungs, central nervous system, blood and skin.
Medical Conditions Generally Aggravated by Exposure: Pre-existing respiratory disorders, pulmonary functions, asthma and skin
Carcinogenicity: NTP? Yes IARC Monographs? Yes OSHA Regulated? Yes
Recommended Exposure Limits: See 鈥淪ection II鈥?
LD50/LC50: No toxicity data recorded.
Signs and Symptoms of Exposure:
Inhalation: May cause a red, dry, sore nose and throat, coughing and shortness of breath. Boron poisoning may cause: depression
of circulation, persistent vomiting, diarrhea, shock and coma.
Ingestion: May cause gastritis, convulsions, asphyxia, giddiness, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. Nickel toxicity may cause: gastro-
enteritis. Nervous symptoms such as tremor, chorea-like movements and paralysis occur prior to death, which occurs mostly from
heart failure. Boron poisoning may cause depression of the circulation, persistent vomiting, diarrhea, shock and coma.
Skin: May cause red, itching, swelling, burning and ulcers.
Eye: May cause red, itching and watering.
EMERGENCY AND FIRST AID PROCEDURES:
INHALATION: Remove victim to fresh air; keep warm and quiet. Give oxygen if breathing is difficult and seek medical attention.
INGESTION: Give 1-2 glasses of milk or water and induce vomiting. Seek medical attention immediately. Never induce vomiting
or give anything by mouth to an unconscious person.
SKIN: Remove contaminated clothing. Brush material off skin, wash affected area with mild soap and water. Seek medical attention
if symptoms persist.
EYES: Flush with lukewarm water, lifting upper and lower lids, for at least 15 minutes. Seek medical attention if symptoms persist.
VI REACTIVITY DATA
Conditions to Avoid (Instability): None
Incompatibility-Materials to Avoid: None recorded
Hazardous decomposition or byproducts: None recorded
Hazardous Polymerization: Will not occur
VII SPILL OR LEAK PROCEDURES
Steps to Be Taken in Case Material Is Released or Spilled: Wear appropriate respiratory and protective equipment specified in
Section VIII-Special Protection Information. Isolate spill area and provide ventilation. Vacuum up spill using a high efficiency
particulate absolute(HEPA) air filter and place in a closed container for proper disposal. Take care not to raise dust.
Waste Disposal Method: In accordance with all applicable Federal, State, and local regulations.
Hazard Label Information: Store in a cool dry place in a tightly sealed container. Wash thoroughly after handling.
Precautions to Be Taken in Handling and Storing: None
Other Precautions: None
VIII SPECIAL PROTECTION INFORMATION
Respiratory Protection(Specify type): NIOSH approves dust-mist-vapor cartridge respirator
Ventilation: Local Exhaust: To maintain concentration at or below the PEL, TLV. Other: None
Special: Handle in a controlled environment when in dust or powder form. Mechanical (General): Recommended
Protective Gloves: Rubber
Other Protective Clothing or Equipment: Protective gear suitable to prevent contamination
Work/Hygienic/Maintenance Practices: Implement engineering and work practice controls to reduce and maintain concentration of
exposure at low levels. Use good housekeeping and sanitation practices. Do not use tobacco or food in work area. Wash thoroughly
before eating and smoking. Do not blow dust off clothing or skin with compressed air.
IX ADDITIONAL COMMENTS
Some of the chemicals listed herein are research or experimental substances which may be toxic, as defined by various
governmental regulations. In accordance with Environmental Protection Agency regulations and the Toxic Substance Control Act
(TSCA), these materials could only be handled by, or under the direct supervision of, a 鈥渢echnically qualified individual鈥?, as defined
in 40 CFR 710.2 (aa).
The above information is accurate to the best of our knowledge. However, since data, safety standards, and government
regulations are subject to change, and the conditions of handling and use or misuse are beyond our control, ESPI MAKES NO
WARRANTY, EITHER EXPRESSED NOR IMPLIES, WITH RESPECT TO THE COMPLETENESS OR CONTINUING ACCU-
RACY OF THE INFORMATION CONTAINED HEREIN, AND DISCLAIMS ALL LIABILITY FOR THEREON. Users should
satisfy themselves that they have all current data relevant to their particular use.
Prepared by: S. Dierks
Dated: November 1989