Potassium cyanide Reag. Ph Eur
Cyanogen potassium
CAS :151-50-8
Storage class :6.1 B
Do not allow to enter sewerage system
Hazard / Symptom
Hazard Very toxic by inhalation, in contact with skin and if swallowed. Contact with acids liberates very toxic gas.
After inhalation toxic.
After inhalation of vapours mucosal irritations , nausea , vomiting , tachycardia , dyspnoea , dizziness , unconsciousness
After skin contact Danger of skin absorption.
After swallowing Lethal effect after absorption. respiratory paralysis , cardiovascular failure
Systemic effects The following applies to cyanogen compounds/ nitriles in general: utmost caution! Release of hydrocyanic acid is possible - blockade of cellular respiration. Cardiovascular disorders, dyspnoea, unconsciousness.
Protective equipments / General working measures
Keep container tightly closed. After contact with skin, wash immediately with plenty of water. Do not empty into drains. In case of accident or if you feel unwell, seek medical advice immediately (show the label where possible).
Accidental release measures / Fire-fighting measures
Person-related precautionary measures Avoid inhalation of dusts in all circumstances.
Environmental-protection measures Do not allow to enter sewerage system.
Procedures for cleaning / absorption Carefully take up dry. Forward for disposal. Clean up affected area.
Suitable extinguishing media CO2, powder. Fire extinguisher: powder , carbon dioxide
Extinguishing media not to be used water
First aid
After skin contact wash off with plenty of water. Remove contaminated clothing.
After eye contact rinse out with plenty of water with the eyelid held wide open.
After swallowing if victim is still conscious, make him drink plenty of water, induce vomiting, administer activated charcoal (20 - 40 g in 10% slurry). Immediately summon doctor.
Additional informations General information: Rapid action is called for. First-aid personnel: ensure self-protection! Immediately summon doctor (mentioning hydrocyanic acid poisoning). If breathing stops: immediately apply mechanical ventilation, if necessary also oxygen.
Instructions for the doctor: Keep antidotes ready ( sodium thiosulfate ; dimethylaminophenol ; Cobalt-EDTA
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