ABC of Safety in the Biological Sciences
CHARACTERISTICS A colourless, odourless monatomic gas.
HEALTH HAZARD DATA
Argon is harmless in itself. A simple asphyxiant which acts by lowering the oxygen content of the air. First symptoms are rapid respirations and air hunger. Mental alertness may disappear, muscle coordination becomes impaired. Asphyxia may lead to nausea and vomiting and lack of consciousness.
HANDLING and GENERAL PRECAUTIONS
Avoid inhalation of the gas.
Wash hands thoroughly after handling.
Compressed gas use good occupational work practice.
Inhalation remove from the area of exposure to fresh air. If breathing has ceased apply artificial respiration. Keep warm and allow to rest. If irritation persists or signs of toxicity develop seek medical attention.
Store in a cool, dry atmosphere away from heat.
If leaking cylinder, remove to outside to vent to the atmosphere.
Not a pollutant.