Osmium: biological information

Osmium has no biological role. Osmium oxide, OsO4, is highly toxic, and boils at 130°C (760 mm). Concentrations in air as low as 10-7 g m-3 can cause lung congestion, skin damage, and severe eye damage.

Levels in humans

Table: the abundances of the elements in humans.
Human abundance by weight(no data) ppb by weight
Human abundance by atoms(no data) atoms relative to C = 1000000

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Hazards and Risks

Hazards and risks associated with osmium: osmium metal does not normally cause problems as it is relatively unreactive but all osmium compounds should be regarded as highly toxic. The metal dust is an irritant and presents a fire and explosion hazard. Osmium oxide, OsO4, is highly toxic, and boils at 130°C (760 mm). Concentrations in air as low as 10-7 g m-3 can cause lung congestion, skin damage, and severe eye damage. The oxide, in particular, should only ever be handled by a properly qualified chemist.

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