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Potassium Carbonate Toxicity
Identification and uses
CAS number : 584-08-7
Molecular formula : K2CO3
Uses and emission sources
-Manufacture of organic and inorganic
This product is absorbed by the
respiratory and digestive tracts.
I-Acute Effects :
Irritation and corrosion of the skin,
the eyes, the respiratory and digestive tracts.
It causes ocular irritation. It causes
an irritating and caustic effect similar to that of potassium
It causes an irritating and caustic
effect similar to that of potassium hydroxide.
It can cause severe irritation of the
gastro-intestinal tract with nausea, vomiting and burns. Harmful
It causes irritation of the respiratory
II-Chronic Effects :
No known effects.
Effects on Development :
A study of several animal species
suggests an absence of effects on antenatal development.
Effects on Reproduction
No data concerning the effects on
reproduction has been found in the consulted documentary sources.
Data on mother's milk: There is no data
pertaining to its excretion or detection in milk.
Cancinogenic Effects :
No data concerning a cancerogenic effect
has been found in the consulted documentary sources.
Mutagenic Effects :
Available data do not make it possible
to make an adequate evaluation of its mutagenic effect.
I-Ocular Contact :
Abundantly rinse the eyes with water
during at least 15 minutes and see a doctor.
II-Skin Contact :
Quickly withdraw contaminated clothing.
Rinse skin with much water. Consult a doctor.
In the case of ingestion, make the
person drink water, do not induce vomiting, call a doctor.
In the case of inhalation of vapors or
dust, bring the person into a ventilated place. If he does not
breathe, give artificial respiration. Call a doctor.
Wash yourself well after use. Minimize
the production of dust and its accumulation. Avoid contact with
the eyes, skin and clothing. Avoid ingesting and inhaling. Use
Store in a tightly closed container, in
a cool, dry, well ventilated room away from incompatible
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2-Clinical Environmental Health and
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Edouard Bastarache M.D.
Occupational & Environmental Medicine
Author of "Substitutions for Raw Ceramic Materials"
Tracy, QuÃ©bec, CANADA