beryllium carbonate is a water insoluble and readily available Beryllium source that can easily be converted to other Beryllium compounds.
It is used in processing ores, chemical and nuclear applications.
It is also found in the earth’s crust in minerals such as bertrandite, chrysoberyl and phenakite.
It is a soft and strong metal that has a gray metallic appearance, and is useful in X-ray equipment and particle physics. It is a block S, Group 2, Period 2 element with an atomic weight of 9.012182.
This substance has a toxic effect on the eyes, skin and respiratory tract. It is a carcinogen and can cause acute and chronic beryllium disease, as well as chemical pneumonitis.
When exposed to this substance, a worker should wear protective clothing and a self-contained breathing apparatus. The chemical should be swept into sealable containers and then stored in an area where it is not likely to enter the environment.
This substance can be absorbed through the skin or inhaled, and may cause gastrointestinal irritation and sensitization. Inhalation of dust or fume can result in chemical pneumonitis, which may be fatal if not treated promptly.