Agent Name

Potassium hypochlorite

CAS Number

7778-66-7

Formula

Cl-H-O.K

Major Category

Other Uses

Synonyms

Hypochlorous acid, potassium salt; Potassium chloride oxide; [ChemIDplus] UN1791

Category

Biocides/Disinfectants

Description

Aqueous solution: Clear to light yellow liquid with a pungent irritating odor like bleach; [KA Steel MSDS]

Sources/Uses

Permitted for use as an inert ingredient in non-food pesticide products; [EPA]

Comments

A strong oxidizing agent; [CAMEO] Aqueous solution: Contains 11.5-13% chlorine, 0.3-5% potassium hydroxide, and the balance water; Causes irritation and blistering on skin contact; Eye contact can cause redness, pain, and possibly permanent injury; Severe inhalation exposure may cause pulmonary edema; [KA Steel MSDS] See "Sodium hypochlorite."

Exposure Assessment
Explanatory Notes

The Guide in the Emergency Response Guidebook is for "Hypochlorite solution."

Adverse Effects
Toxic Pneumonitis

Yes

Dermatotoxin

Skin Burns

IARC Carcinogen

Not Classifiable

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