Agent Name

Cobaltous acetate

CAS Number

71-48-7

Formula

C2-H4-O2.1/2Co

Major Category

Metals

Synonyms

Acetic acid, cobalt(2+) salt; Bis(acetato)cobalt; Cobalt acetate (Co(OAc)2); Cobalt diacetate; Cobalt(2+) acetate; Cobalt(II) acetate; Cobaltous diacetate; [ChemIDplus]

Category

Organic Acids, Metal Salts

Description

Light-pink solid; [Merck Index] Pink crystals, soluble in water; [MSDSonline]

Sources/Uses

Used as a bleaching agent, drier for coatings, catalyst, and foam stabilizer; Also used in sympathetic inks, feed additives, and in anodizing; [HSDB]

Comments

An eye irritant; [CAMEO] May cause skin sensitization and asthma after prolonged contact; [CHEMINFO] Harmful if swallowed; May cause skin sensitization; [MSDSonline] See "Cobalt."

Exposure Assessment
BEI

Cobalt in urine = 15 ug/L; sample at end of shift at end of workweek;

TLV (ACGIH)

0.02 mg/m3, as Co

Adverse Effects
Skin Sensitizer

Yes

Asthma

Yes

IARC Carcinogen

Possible Carcinogen

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