OP, my guess is that if you don't know where/how to get it through your profession... then you're really not qualified to be handling it.
Take home message, you don't want to play around with this stuff... at least the aquatic life near you would rather you not
Material Safety Data Sheet
Nickelous Chloride, Hexahydrate, GR
2 . Hazards identification
Emergency overview : DANGER!
MAY BE FATAL IF SWALLOWED.
CANCER HAZARD - CAN CAUSE CANCER.
HARMFUL IF INHALED.
CAUSES RESPIRATORY TRACT, EYE AND SKIN IRRITATION.
MAY CAUSE ALLERGIC RESPIRATORY AND SKIN REACTION.
MAY CAUSE DAMAGE TO THE FOLLOWING ORGANS: LUNGS, SKIN, NOSE,
May damage the unborn child.
Suspected of causing genetic defects.
Very toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects.
WARNING: This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause
Do not ingest. Avoid contact with eyes, skin and clothing. Use only with adequate
ventilation. Keep container tightly closed and sealed until ready for use. Wash
thoroughly after handling.
Physical state : Solid. [Deliquescent crystals.]
OSHA/HCS status : This material is considered hazardous by the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (
29 CFR 1910.1200).
Routes of entry : Inhalation. Ingestion.
Potential acute health effects
Inhalation Toxic by inhalation. Irritating to respiratory system. May cause sensitization by
Ingestion : Very toxic if swallowed.
Skin : Irritating to skin. May cause sensitization by skin contact.
Eyes : Irritating to eyes.
Potential chronic health effects
Carcinogenicity : Can cause cancer. Risk of cancer depends on duration and level of exposure.
Mutagenicity : Suspected of causing genetic defects.
Teratogenicity : No known significant effects or critical hazards.
Developmental effects : May cause harm to the unborn child.
Fertility effects : No known significant effects or critical hazards.
Target organs : May cause damage to the following organs: lungs, skin, nose/sinuses.