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Barium : CAS#: 7440-39-3
  • Published Date:
    June 2013
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  • Language:
    English
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    This fact sheet answers the most frequently asked health questions (FAQs) about barium and barium compounds. For more information, call the ATSDR Information Center at 1-800-232-4636. This fact sheet is one in a series of summaries about hazardous substances and their health effects. It is important you understand this information because these substances may harm you. The effects of exposure to any hazardous substance depend on the dose, the duration, how you are exposed, personal traits and habits, and whether other chemicals are present.

    Exposure to barium occurs mostly in the workplace or from drink ing contaminated water. Ingesting drinking water containing levels of barium above the EPA drinking w ater guidelines for relatively short periods of time can cause gastrointestinal disturbances and musc le weakness. Ingesting high levels for a long tim e can damage the kidneys. Barium and barium compounds have been found in at least 798 of the 1,684 National Priority List sites identified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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