Agent Name

Potassium carbonate

CAS Number

584-08-7

Formula

C-H2-O3.2K

Major Category

Other Classes

Synonyms

Carbonate of potash; Carbonic acid, dipotassium salt; Dipotassium carbonate; K-Gran; Kalium carbonicum; Kaliumcarbonat [German]; Pearl ash; Potash; Potassium carbonate; Potassium carbonate (2:1); Potassium carbonate (K2(CO3)); Potassium carbonate (K2CO3); Potassium carbonate, anhydrous; Salt of tartar; [ChemIDplus]

Category

Salts, Basic

Description

White deliquescent powder; [Hawley] Available as a solid (anhydrous or sesquihydrate) and concentrated solution (47% potassium carbonate); [CHEMINFO]

Sources/Uses

Used to make glass with special optical properties; Also used in desiccants, dyes, pigments, inks, soaps, fertilizers, ceramics, leather tanning and finishing, fire extinguishers, and food additives; Used in the following industries: engraving & lithography, gas purification, electrical, textile, pharmaceutical, and food; [CHEMINFO]

Comments

An irritant to tissues; [Hawley] Probably a severe eye irritant; [CHEMINFO] May be caustic; [HSDB]

Exposure Assessment
Lethal Concentration

LC (rat) = > 500 mg/m3

Adverse Effects
Dermatotoxin

Skin Burns

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