toxicity (Chapter 5.D) or reactivity and explosibility (Chapter 5.G) are appropriate. Most silver compounds should be protected from light during storage or while in use.


In the event of skin contact, immediately wash with soap and water and remove contaminated clothing. In case of eye contact, promptly wash with copious amounts of water for 15 min (lifting upper and lower lids occasionally) and obtain medical attention. If silver or silver compounds are ingested, obtain medical attention immediately. If large amounts of silver dust or silver compounds are inhaled, move the person to fresh air and seek medical attention at once.

In the event of a spill, sweep up the silver or silver compounds or soak up with a nonreactive absorbent material or spill pillow, place in an appropriate container, and dispose of properly. Respiratory protection may be necessary in the event of a large spill or release in a confined area.


Excess silver, silver compounds, and waste material containing these substances should be placed in an appropriate container, clearly labeled, and handled according to your institution's waste disposal guidelines. Collection for silver recovery should be considered. For more information on disposal procedures, see Chapter 7 of this volume.

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