·  1 Identification of substance:


  • Product details:
  • Product name: Chromium (III) chloride
  • Stock number: 42113
  • Manufacturer/Supplier: Nile Chemicals
    Web Site:
  • Information Department: Health, Safety and Environmental Department
  • Emergency information:
    During normal hours the Health, Safety and Environmental Department. After normal hours call Chemtrec at (800) 424-9300.

·    2 Composition/Data on components:


  • Chemical characterization:
               Description: (CAS#)                                        
    Chromium (III) chloride, hexahydrate (CAS# 10060-12-5),
  • Identification number(s):
  • EINECS Number: 233-038-3

·    3 Hazards identification


  • Hazard description: C Corrosive
  • Information pertaining to particular dangers for man and environment
    R 22    Harmful if swallowed.
    R 34    Causes burns.
    R 42/43 May cause sensitization by inhalation and skin contact.
  • Classification system
  • HMIS ratings (scale 0-4)

     (Hazardous Materials Identification System)

    Health (acute effects) = 2
    Flammability = 0
    Reactivity = 1

·    4 First aid measures


  • General information
    Immediately remove any clothing soiled by the product.
  • After inhalation
    Supply fresh air and to be sure call for a doctor.
    Supply fresh air. If required, provide artificial respiration. Keep patient warm.
    Seek immediate medical advice.
  • After skin contact
    Immediately wash with water and soap and rinse thoroughly.
    Seek immediate medical advice.
  • After eye contact
    Rinse opened eye for several minutes under running water. Then consult a doctor.
  • After swallowing Seek immediate medical advice.

·    5 Fire fighting measures


  • Suitable extinguishing agents
    Product is not flammable. Use fire fighting measures that suit the surrounding fire.
  • Special hazards caused by the material, its products of combustion or
      resulting gases:
    In case of fire, the following can be released:
    Hydrogen chloride (HCl)
    Toxic metal oxide fume
  • Protective equipment:
    Wear self-contained respirator.
    Wear fully protective impervious suit.

·    6 Accidental release measures


  • Person-related safety precautions:
    Wear protective equipment. Keep unprotected persons away.
    Ensure adequate ventilation
  • Measures for environmental protection:
    Do not allow material to be released to the environment without proper governmental permits.
  • Measures for cleaning/collecting:
    Use neutralizing agent.
    Dispose contaminated material as waste according to item 13.
    Ensure adequate ventilation.
  • Additional information:
    See Section 7 for information on safe handling
    See Section 8 for information on personal protection equipment.
    See Section 13 for disposal information.

·    7 Handling and storage


  • Handling
  • Information for safe handling:
    Keep container tightly sealed.
    Store in cool, dry place in tightly closed containers.
    Ensure good ventilation at the workplace.
  • Information about protection against explosions and fires:
    The product is not flammable
  • Storage
  • Requirements to be met by storerooms and receptacles:
    No special requirements.
  • Information about storage in one common storage facility:
    Do not store together with acids.
    Store away from water/moisture.
    Store away from oxidizing agents.
  • Further information about storage conditions:
    Store under dry inert gas.
    Protect from humidity and water.
    This product is hygroscopic.
    Keep container tightly sealed.
    Store in cool, dry conditions in well sealed containers.
    Store under lock and key and with access restricted to technical experts or their assistants only.

·    8 Exposure controls and personal protection


  • Additional information about design of technical systems:
    Properly operating chemical fume hood designed for hazardous chemicals and having an average face velocity of at least 100 feet per minute.

    Components with limit values that require monitoring at the workplace:

    Chromium (III) compounds, as Cr
    ACGIH TLV            0.5; A4
    Belgium TWA          0.5
    Denmark TWA          0.5
    Finland TWA          0.01
    France VME           0.5
    Ireland TWA          0.5
    Japan OEL            0.5
    Korea TLV            0.5
    Netherlands MAC-TGG  0.5
    Norway TWA           0.5
    Poland TWA           0.5
    Sweden NGV           0.5
    United Kingdom TWA   0.5
    USA PEL              0.5
  • Additional information: No data
  • Personal protective equipment
  • General protective and hygienic measures
    The usual precautionary measures for handling chemicals should be followed.
    Keep away from foodstuffs, beverages and feed.
    Remove all soiled and contaminated clothing immediately.
    Wash hands before breaks and at the end of work.
    Avoid contact with the eyes and skin.
  • Breathing equipment:
    Use suitable respirator when high concentrations are present.
  • Protection of hands: Impervious gloves
  • Eye protection:
    Safety glasses
    Tightly sealed goggles
    Full face protection
  • Body protection: Protective work clothing.

·    9 Physical and chemical properties:


  • General Information
  • Form: Crystalline aggregrates
  • Color: Dark green
  • Odor: Odorless
  •                                      Value/Range  Unit    Method      
  • Change in condition
  • Melting point/Melting range:                    83 ° C
  • Boiling point/Boiling range:       Not determined
  • Sublimation temperature / start:   Not determined
  • Flash point:                       Not applicable
  • Ignition temperature:              Not determined
  • Decomposition temperature:         Not determined
  • Danger of explosion:
    Product does not present an explosion hazard.
  • Explosion limits:
  • Lower:                             Not determined
  • Upper:                             Not determined
  • Vapor pressure:                    Not determined
  • Density:               at   20 ° C            1.76 g/cm³
  • Solubility in / Miscibility with
  • Water:                 at   25 ° C             585 g/l

·   10 Stability and reactivity


  • Thermal decomposition / conditions to be avoided:
    Decomposition will not occur if used and stored according to specifications.
  • Materials to be avoided:
  • Dangerous reactions No dangerous reactions known
  • Dangerous products of decomposition:
    Hydrogen chloride (HCl)
    Toxic metal oxide fume

·   11 Toxicological information


  • Acute toxicity:
    LD/LC50 values that are relevant for classification:                   
    Oral: LD50: 1790 mg/kg (rat)
  • Primary irritant effect:
  • on the skin:
    Corrosive effect on skin and mucous membranes.
    Irritant to skin and mucous membranes.
  • on the eye:
    Strong corrosive effect.
    Irritating effect.
  • Sensitization:
    Sensitization possible through inhalation.
    Sensitization possible through skin contact.
  • Subacute to chronic toxicity:
    Chromium powder, chromium (II) and chromium (III) compounds may cause nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, skin and eye irritation and pneumoconiosis. Although less likely than Cr(VI) compounds, the NTP considers all chromium to be potentially carcinogenic.
  • Subacute to chronic toxicity:
    Corrosive materials are acutely destructive to the respiratory tract, eyes, skin and digestive tract.  Eye contact may result in permanent damage and complete vision loss.  Inhalation may result in respiratory effects such as inflammation, edema, and chemical pneumonitis.  May cause coughing, wheezing, laryngitis, shortness of breath, headache, nausea and vomiting.  Ingestion may cause damage to the mouth, throat and esophagus.  May cause skin burns or irritation depending on the severity of the exposure.
  • Additional toxicological information:
    Swallowing will lead to a strong corrosive effect on mouth and throat and to the danger of perforation of esophagus and stomach.
    To the best of our knowledge the acute and chronic toxicity of this substance is not fully known.
    IARC-3: Not classifiable as to carcinogenicity to humans.
    ACGIH A4: Not classifiable as a human carcinogen: Inadequate data on which to classify the agent in terms of it's carcinogenicity in humans and/or animals.

·   12 Ecological information:


  • General notes:
    Do not allow material to be released to the environment without proper governmental permits.

·   13 Disposal considerations


  • Product:
  • Recommendation
    Consult state, local or national regulations to ensure proper disposal.
  • Uncleaned packagings:
  • Recommendation:
    Disposal must be made according to official regulations.

·   14 Transport information


  • DOT regulations:
  • Hazard class:             8
  • Identification number:    UN3260
  • Proper shipping name (technical name):
                              Corrosive solid, acidic, inorganic, n.o.s.,                           chromium (III) chloride
  • Land transport ADR/RID  (cross-border)
  • ADR/RID class:            8 Corrosive substances
  • Item:                     16c
  • Danger code (Kemler):     80
  • UN-Number:                3260
  • Description of goods:     Corrosive solid, acidic, inorganic, n.o.s.,
                              chromium (III) chloride
  • Maritime transport IMDG:
  • UN Number:                3260
  • Proper shipping name:     Corrosive solid, acidic, inorganic, n.o.s.,
                              chromium (III) chloride
  • Air transport ICAO-TI and IATA-DGR:
  • UN/ID Number:             3260
  • Proper shipping name:     Corrosive solid, acidic, inorganic, n.o.s.,
                              chromium (III) chloride

·   15 Regulations


  • Product related hazard informations:
  • Hazard symbols: C Corrosive
  • Risk phrases:
    22       Harmful if swallowed.
    34       Causes burns.
    42/43    May cause sensitization by inhalation and skin contact.
  • Safety phrases:
    23       Do not breathe gas/fumes/vapour/spray.
    26       In case of contact with eyes, rinse immediately with plenty of water and seek medical advice.
    36/37/39 Wear suitable protective clothing, gloves and eye/face protection.
    45       In case of accident or if you feel unwell, seek medical advice immediately.
  • National regulations
    All components of this product are listed in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Toxic Substances Control Act Chemical substance Inventory.
    All components of this product are listed on the Canadian Domestic Substances List (DSL).
  • Information about limitation of use:
    For use only by technically qualified individuals.
    This product contains chromium and is subject to the reporting requirements of section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act of 1986 and 40CFR372.

·   16 Other information:

Employers should use this information only as a supplement to other information gathered by them, and should make independent judgement of suitability of this information to ensure proper use and protect the health and safety of employees.  This information is furnished without warranty, and any use of the product not in conformance with this Material Safety Data Sheet, or in combination with any other product or process, is the responsibility of the user.

  • Department issuing MSDS: Health, Safety and Environmental Department.
  • Contact: Darrell R. Sanders



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