ABC of Safety in the Biological Sciences
GOLD CHLORIDE (Brown) (HAuCl4.3H2O)
Auric chloride, chloroauric (III) acid, trihydrate.
Brown, hygroscopic lumps or crystals.
Heating will produce toxic fumes of chlorine compounds. Gold chloride is generally stable but it can react with alkalis.
HEALTH HAZARD DATA
A corrosive substance and an eye irritant and may irritate the skin. It is regarded as being of low toxicity by inhalation or ingestion.
HANDLING and GENERAL PRECAUTIONS
Avoid eye contact.
Avoid skin contact.
Keep away from strong alkalis.
Wash hands thoroughly after handling.
Wear protective clothing to avoid skin or eye contact. A long sleeved laboratory coat or gown, rubber gloves and safety goggles as a minimum standard.
Skin immediately wash the affected area with soap or mild detergent and large amounts of water until all evidence of the chemical has been removed (approximately 15 minutes). If irritation persists seek medical advice.
Eyes immediately wash the affected eye with large amounts of water until all evidence of the chemical has been removed (approximately 15 minutes). If irritation persists seek immediate medical attention.
Inhalation remove from the area of exposure. Keep warm and allow to rest. If signs of toxicity develop seek immediate medical attention.
Ingestion wash out the mouth thoroughly with water and give water to drink. If signs of toxicity develop seek medical attention.
Store in a tightly sealed container in a cool, dry atmosphere away from heat.
The elements and their compounds should be dealt with separately. Special instructions should be sought from the supplier.