International Chemical Safety Cards

BORON OXIDE ICSC: 0836
BORON OXIDE
Boric anhydride
Boron trioxide
Boron sesquioxide
B2O3
Molecular mass: 69.6
CAS # 1303-86-2
RTECS # ED7900000
ICSC # 0836
TYPES OF
HAZARD/
EXPOSURE
ACUTE HAZARDS/
SYMPTOMS
PREVENTION FIRST AID/
FIRE FIGHTING
FIRE Not combustible.

In case of fire in the surroundings: all extinguishing agents allowed.
EXPLOSION


EXPOSURE
PREVENT DISPERSION OF DUST!

  • INHALATION
  • Cough. Sore throat.
    Local exhaust or breathing protection.
    Fresh air, rest.
  • SKIN
  • Redness.
    Protective gloves.
    Remove contaminated clothes. Rinse and then wash skin with water and soap.
  • EYES
  • Redness. Pain.
    Safety spectacles.
    First rinse with plenty of water for several minutes (remove contact lenses if easily possible), then take to a doctor.
  • INGESTION
  • Abdominal pain. Diarrhoea. Nausea. Vomiting.
    Do not eat, drink, or smoke during work.
    Rinse mouth. Refer for medical attention.
    SPILLAGE DISPOSAL STORAGE PACKAGING & LABELLING
    Sweep spilled substance into containers; if appropriate, moisten first to prevent dusting. Carefully collect remainder, then remove to safe place (extra personal protection: P1 filter respirator for inert particles).
    Dry.

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    ICSC: 0836 Prepared in the context of cooperation between the International Programme on Chemical Safety & the Commission of the European Communities © IPCS CEC 1993

    International Chemical Safety Cards

    BORON OXIDE ICSC: 0836

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    PHYSICAL STATE; APPEARANCE:
    COLOURLESS, ODOURLESS, HYGROSCOPIC, BRITTLE, VITREOUS LUMPS OR HARD WHITE CRYSTALS , WITH SLIGHTLY BITTER TASTE.

    PHYSICAL DANGERS:


    CHEMICAL DANGERS:
    Reacts slowly with water to form boric acid. Attacks metal in the presence of moist air.

    OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE LIMITS (OELs):
    TLV (as TWA): ppm; 10 mg/m3 (ACGIH 1995-1996).


    ROUTES OF EXPOSURE:
    The substance can be absorbed into the body by inhalation of its aerosol and by ingestion.

    INHALATION RISK:
    Evaporation at 20C is negligible; a nuisance-causing concentration of airborne particles can, however, be reached quickly when dispersed.

    EFFECTS OF SHORT-TERM EXPOSURE:
    The substance irritates the eyes, the skin and the respiratory tract.


    PHYSICAL
    PROPERTIES
    Boiling point: about 1860C
    Melting point: about 450C
    Relative density (water = 1): 2.46 (cryst); 1.8 (amorph)
    Solubility in water: moderate
    ENVIRONMENTAL
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    N O T E S
    Also consult ICSC # 0991 (Boric acid).
    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


    ICSC: 0836 BORON OXIDE
    © IPCS, CEC, 1993
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