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Sodium chlorite

CAS: 7758-19-2

How can this chemical affect my health?

Acute (Short Term) EffectsData sources

Toxic To Humans & Animals, priority yellow
Toxic to Humans & Animals – Can be fatal on contact, ingestion or inhalation for humans and other mammals.
Irritates The Skin, priority orange
Irritates the Skin – Can cause irritation or serious damage to the skin.
Irritates The Eyes, priority yellow
Irritates the Eyes – Can cause irritation or serious damage to the eye.

Data sources

Direct Hazard » Toxic to Humans & Animals

These sources refer directly to this chemical:

  • FIFRA Registered Pesticide
    US EPA - OPP - Registered Pesticides
    US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA)
  • Acute toxicity (dermal) - Category 3 [H311 - Toxic in contact with skin]
    GHS - Korea
    Republic of Korea - National Institute of Environmental Research (NIER)
  • Acute toxicity (inhalation) - Category 3 [H331 - Toxic if inhaled]
    GHS - Korea
    Republic of Korea - National Institute of Environmental Research (NIER)
  • Acute toxicity (oral) - Category 3 [H301 - Toxic if swallowed]
    GHS - Korea
    Republic of Korea - National Institute of Environmental Research (NIER)
  • Class D1B - Toxic material causing immediate and serious toxic effects
    Québec CSST - WHMIS 1988
    Québec Workplace Health and Safety Commission (Commission de la santé et de la securite du travail (CSST))
  • 6.1B (dermal) - Acutely toxic
    GHS - New Zealand
    New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority (NZ EPA)
  • 6.1B (inhalation) - Acutely toxic
    GHS - New Zealand
    New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority (NZ EPA)
  • 6.1C (dermal) - Acutely toxic
    GHS - New Zealand
    New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority (NZ EPA)
  • 6.1C (inhalation) - Acutely toxic
    GHS - New Zealand
    New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority (NZ EPA)
  • 6.1C (oral) - Acutely toxic
    GHS - New Zealand
    New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority (NZ EPA)
  • Acute toxicity (inhalation: dust, mist) - Category 2 [H330]
    GHS - Japan
    Government of Japan
  • Acute Toxicity (dermal) - Category 2 [H310]
    GHS - Japan
    Government of Japan
  • Acute Toxicity (oral) - Category 3 [H301]
    GHS - Japan
    Government of Japan
  • H301 - Toxic if swallowed
    GHS - Australia
    Safe Work Australia
  • H310 - Fatal in contact with skin
    GHS - Australia
    Safe Work Australia

Direct Hazard » Irritates the Skin

These sources refer directly to this chemical:

  • Skin corrosion/irritation - Category 1 [H314 - Causes severe skin burns and eye damage]
    GHS - Korea
    Republic of Korea - National Institute of Environmental Research (NIER)
  • 6.3A - Irritating to the skin (Cat. 2)
    GHS - New Zealand
    New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority (NZ EPA)
  • 8.2B - Corrosive to dermal tissue (Cat. 1B)
    GHS - New Zealand
    New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority (NZ EPA)
  • Skin corrosion / irritation - Category 2 [H315]
    GHS - Japan
    Government of Japan
  • H314 - Causes severe skin burns and eye damage
    GHS - Australia
    Safe Work Australia

Direct Hazard » Irritates the Eyes

These sources refer directly to this chemical:

  • 6.4A - Irritating to the eye (Cat. 2A)
    GHS - New Zealand
    New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority (NZ EPA)
  • 8.3A - Corrosive to ocular tissue (Cat. 1)
    GHS - New Zealand
    New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority (NZ EPA)
  • Serious eye damage/eye irritation - Category 2A-2B [H319]
    GHS - Japan
    Government of Japan

Chronic (Long Term) EffectsData sources

Cancer, priority gray
Cancer – Can cause or increase the risk of cancer.
Endocrine Disruption, priority orange
Endocrine Disruption – Can interfere with hormone communication between cells which controls metabolism, development, growth, reproduction and behavior (the endocrine system).
Reproductive Harm, priority red
Reproductive Harm – Can disrupt the male or female reproductive systems, changing sexual development, behavior or functions, decreasing fertility, or resulting in loss of the fetus during pregnancy.
Other Health Effects, priority yellow
Other Health Effects – Can cause serious damage on contact or ingestion.
Gene Damage, priority orange
Gene Damage – Can cause or increase the rate of mutations, which are changes in genetic material in cells.

Data sources

Direct Hazard » Cancer

These sources refer directly to this chemical:

  • (1996) Carcinogenic potential cannot be determined
    US EPA - IRIS Carcinogens
    US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA)
  • (1986) Group D - Not classifiable as to human carcinogenicity
    US EPA - IRIS Carcinogens
    US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA)
  • Group 3 - Agent is not classifiable as to its carcinogenicity to humans
    IARC
    International Agency for Research on Cancer, World Health Organization (IARC)

Direct Hazard » Endocrine Disruption

These sources refer directly to this chemical:

  • Potential Endocrine Disruptor
    TEDX - Potential Endocrine Disruptors
    The Endocrine Disruption Exchange (TEDX)

Direct Hazard » Reproductive Harm

These sources refer directly to this chemical:

  • 6.8A - Known or presumed human reproductive or developmental toxicants
    GHS - New Zealand
    New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority (NZ EPA)

Direct Hazard » Other Health Effects

These sources refer directly to this chemical:

  • 6.9B (oral) - Harmful to human target organs or systems (Cat. 2)
    GHS - New Zealand
    New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority (NZ EPA)
  • Specific target organs/systemic toxicity following repeated exposure - Category 2 [H373]
    GHS - Japan
    Government of Japan
  • Specific target organs/systemic toxicity following single exposure - Category 2 [H371]
    GHS - Japan
    Government of Japan
  • H373 - May cause damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure
    GHS - Australia
    Safe Work Australia

Direct Hazard » Gene Damage

These sources refer directly to this chemical:

  • Germ cell mutagenicity - Category 2 [H341]
    GHS - Japan
    Government of Japan

Inherent HazardsData sources

Reactive, priority orange
Reactive – May spontaneously ignite or explode on its own or in contact with water.
Restricted List, priority gray
Restricted List – This chemical is on a list from an authoritative body recommending that its use be avoided.

Data sources

Direct Hazard » Reactive

These sources refer directly to this chemical:

  • Oxidizing solids - Category 2 [H272 - May intensify fire; oxidizer]
    GHS - Korea
    Republic of Korea - National Institute of Environmental Research (NIER)
  • Class C - Oxidizing materials
    Québec CSST - WHMIS 1988
    Québec Workplace Health and Safety Commission (Commission de la santé et de la securite du travail (CSST))
  • 5.1.1B - Oxidising substances that are liquids or solids: medium hazard
    GHS - New Zealand
    New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority (NZ EPA)
  • Oxidizing solids - Category 2 [H272]
    GHS - Japan
    Government of Japan

Direct Hazard » Restricted List

These sources refer directly to this chemical:

  • Candidate Chemical List
    CA SCP - Candidate Chemicals
    California Department of Toxic Substance Control (CA DTSC)
  • Chemicals of High Concern
    MDH - Chemicals of High Concern and Priority Chemicals
    Minnesota Department of Public Health
  • Substances selected for RMOA or hazard assessment
    EU - PACT-RMOA Substances
    European Union / European Commission (EU EC)

How does this chemical impact the environment?Data sources

Immediate Harm To Aquatic Ecosystems, priority orange
Immediate Harm to Aquatic Ecosystems – A single exposure may result in severe biological harm or death to fish or other aquatic organisms.
Harmful To Land Ecosystems, priority orange
Harmful to Land Ecosystems – Can cause harm to land based plants, animals or microorganisms.
Long-term Harm To Aquatic Ecosystems, priority orange
Long-Term Harm to Aquatic Ecosystems – Long term exposure may result in irreversible harm to fish or other aquatic organisms.

Data sources

Direct Hazard » Immediate Harm to Aquatic Ecosystems

These sources refer directly to this chemical:

  • Hazardous to the aquatic environment (acute) - Category 1 [H400 - Very toxic to aquatic life]
    GHS - Korea
    Republic of Korea - National Institute of Environmental Research (NIER)
  • 9.1A (crustacean) - Very ecotoxic in the aquatic environment
    GHS - New Zealand
    New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority (NZ EPA)
  • 9.1D (algal) - Slightly harmful in the aquatic environment or are otherwise designed for biocidal action
    GHS - New Zealand
    New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority (NZ EPA)
  • 9.1D (fish) - Slightly harmful in the aquatic environment or are otherwise designed for biocidal action
    GHS - New Zealand
    New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority (NZ EPA)
  • Hazardous to the aquatic environment (acute) - Category 1 [H400]
    GHS - Japan
    Government of Japan

Direct Hazard » Harmful to Land Ecosystems

These sources refer directly to this chemical:

  • 9.2A - Very ecotoxic in the soil environment
    GHS - New Zealand
    New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority (NZ EPA)
  • 9.2B - Ecotoxic in the soil environment
    GHS - New Zealand
    New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority (NZ EPA)
  • 9.3B - Ecotoxic to terrestrial vertebrates
    GHS - New Zealand
    New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority (NZ EPA)
  • 9.3C - Harmful to terrestrial vertebrates
    GHS - New Zealand
    New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority (NZ EPA)

Direct Hazard » Long-Term Harm to Aquatic Ecosystems

These sources refer directly to this chemical:

  • Hazardous to the aquatic environment (chronic) - Category 1 [H410]
    GHS - Japan
    Government of Japan

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