Agent Name

Potassium peroxide

CAS Number

17014-71-0

Formula

K2-O2

Major Category

Metals

Synonyms

Dipotassium peroxide; Potassium oxide (K2(O2)); Potassium peroxide (K2(O2)); [ChemIDplus] UN1491

Category

Peroxides, Metal

Description

Yellow solid; [Hawley]

Sources/Uses

Used as an oxidizing agent, bleaching agent, and oxygen-generating agent (self-contained breathing apparatus); [Hawley]

Comments

A strong oxidizer; Fire and explosion hazard in contact with organic substances; A skin and tissue irritant; [Hawley] Can cause fire on contact with combustible organic materials; Reacts violently with water evolving heat, oxygen, and forming a caustic solution; A skin, eye, nose, and throat irritant; May cause burns to skin and eyes; Inhalation can cause difficulty breathing; [HSDB] A strong oxidizer; Reacts with moisture producing oxygen and potassium hydroxide; A skin, eye, and respiratory tract irritant; Can cause caustic burns; [CAMEO]

Adverse Effects
Dermatotoxin

Skin Burns

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