ABC of Safety in the Biological Sciences - Uranyl Acetate

 

ABC of Safety in the Biological Sciences

 


 

URANYL ACETATE [UO2(CH3COO)2.2H2O]

SYNONYMS
Uranium dioxide.
GENERAL PRECAUTIONS
Use a fume hood.
Very toxic compound, avoid all contact.
Wear radiation badge when handling.
Store in a metal container.
Wash hands thoroughly after handling.
CHARACTERISTICS
Bright yellow, crystalline powder. Radioactive.
HEALTH HAZARD DATA
This substance is radioactive and its effects are cumulative. It is a highly toxic compound when inhaled or ingested. Uranium compounds are eye irritants and can be absorbed through cuts and abrasions into the body. Any cuts or breaks in the skin must be covered.
TREATMENTS
Skin ­ remove contaminated clothing and immediately wash the affected area with large amounts of water until all evidence of the chemical has been removed (approximately 15 minutes). If any cuts or abrasions were present in the affected area 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 discomfort persists seek medical attention.
Inhalation ­ remove from the area of exposure to fresh air. Wash the mouth and nose with water, seek medical attention.
Ingestion ­ wash the mouth thoroughly with water and seek immediate medical attention.
INCOMPATIBILITY
Heating produces toxic fumes.
STORAGE
Store in a cool, dry atmosphere in a metal outer container.
HANDLING
Use a fume hood to keep the level of direct exposure low and to avoid inhalation of the powder or skin and eye contact. Wear protective clothing. A long sleeved laboratory coat or gown, rubber gloves, safety goggles and a face mask as a minimum standard.
DISPOSAL
The elements and their compounds should be dealt with separately. Special instructions should be sought from the supplier.
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