Agent Name

Sodium perborate

CAS Number

7632-04-4

Formula

B-H-O3.Na

Major Category

Metals

Synonyms

Dexol; Perboric acid (HBO(O2)), sodium salt; Perboric acid (HBO3), sodium salt; Sodium perborate (NaBO3); Sodium peroxoborate; Perboric acid, sodium salt; Sodium peroxoborate, anhydrous; [ChemIDplus] UN3247

Category

Metalloid Compounds (Boron)

Description

White hygroscopic solid; Produces oxygen gas when dissolved in water; [Hawley] White to yellowish hygroscopic solid; [CAMEO] White odorless crystalline granules; [MSDSonline]

Sources/Uses

Used to bleach straw, ivory, sponges, bristles, waxes, textiles, and other fibers; Also used in germicides, topical antiseptics, detergents, denture cleaners, mouthwashes, deodorants, toothpastes, electroplating agents, cold wave preparations, and vat dyes; [HSDB]

Comments

Toxic by ingestion--may cause burns of mouth and esophagus; May cause borate poisoning; Lethal dose = 0.1-0.5 g/kg; A reproductive toxin in animal studies; [HSDB] A strong oxidizing agent; Poses fire risk on contact with organic substances; [Hawley] A strong oxidizing agent; Mixtures with organic substances may ignite and burn vigorously; Reacts with water rapidly producing oxygen; [CAMEO] An eye irritant; [eChemPortal: ERMA] A respiratory tract irritant; May cause severe eye injury; [eChemPortal: ESIS] An irritant; [MSDSonline] See "Boric acid."

Adverse Effects
Hepatotoxin

Hepatotoxin, Secondary

Nephrotoxin

Yes

Reproductive Toxin

Yes

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