Agent Name

Sodium perborate tetrahydrate

CAS Number

10486-00-7

Formula

B-O3.Na.4H2-O

Major Category

Metals

Synonyms

Perboric acid, sodium salt, tetrahydrate; [ChemIDplus] UN1479

Category

Metalloid Compounds (Boron)

Description

White odorless solid; [Merck Index] White odorless powder or granules; Hygroscopic; [Alfa Aesar MSDS]

Sources/Uses

Used to bleach straw, ivory, sponges, bristles, waxes, textiles, and other fibers; Also used in dentifrices, soaps, detergents, and as a topical antiseptic; [Merck Index]

Comments

A moderate eye irritant; Causes convulsions and muscle weakness in oral lethal-dose studies of mice and rats; [RTECS] Decomposed by warm or moist air evolving oxygen; [Merck Index] A strong oxidant that reacts with combustible materials; Forms boric acid and hydrogen peroxide on contact with water; An eye and respiratory tract irritant; [ICSC] A strong oxidizer that may cause fire on contact with combustible materials; May cause serious eye injury; Harmful by ingestion; May be toxic to fertility or the developing child; [Alfa Aesar MSDS] See "Sodium perborate."

Exposure Assessment
Explanatory Notes

The Guide in the Emergency Response Guidebook is for "Oxidizing solid, n.o.s."

Adverse Effects
Reproductive Toxin

Yes

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