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HYDROQUINONE:
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HYDROQUINONE Hazard Summary

CAS Number: 123-31-9

• Can affect you when breathed in.
• Can cause FATAL POISONING when swallowed.
• Can cause mutations - handle with extreme caution.
• Can irritate and burn the eyes.
• Can irritate the skin and cause a rash and changes in skin color.
• Can cause headache, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, dizziness and muscle twitching.
• May cause a skin allergy and affect the liver and kidneys.
• This chemical is used in skin fading/lightner, hair color and bleaching, facial moisturizer/treatment.




Classification
& Labeling

Source:
European Union

• Limited evidence of a carcinogenic effect (European Union classification)
• Limited evidence of a carcinogenic effect
• Limited evidence of mutagenic effect (European Union classification)
• Possible risk of irreversible effects
• Harmful
• Harmful if swallowed
• Irritant
• Risk of serious damage to eyes
• May cause sensitization by skin contact
• Dangerous for the environment
• Very toxic to aquatic organisms


Sources/Uses


Source:
Haz-Map
hazmap.nlm.nih.gov

Used in black and white photography development, as a stabilizer in paints and oils, and as a chemical intermediate.

Used as a photo developer, oil and fat antioxidant, chemical intermediate, topical medication, and inhibitor of vinyl acetate and acrylic polymerization.

Symptoms


Source:
CDC

(Center for Disease Control)
cdc.gov/niosh

•INHALATION: Cough. Laboured breathing.

•SKIN: Redness.

•EYES: Redness. Pain. Blurred vision.

•INGESTION: Dizziness. Headache. Nausea. Shortness of breath. Convulsions. Vomiting. Ringing in the ears.


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