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SODIUM HYDROXIDE:
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SODIUM HYDROXIDE Hazard Summary


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• A powerful alkali used in industry for cleaning drains and pipe lines also used in oven cleaners.

• Workers exposed to steam containing sodium hydroxide have suffered lung damage and an increased risk of throat cancer.

• It can also be absorbed through skin contact.

• This chemical is used in these types of products:
Moisturizer, Facial Moisturizer/Treatment, Facial Cleanser, Body Wash/Cleanser, Toothpaste, Anti-aging, Acne Treatment, Exfoliant/Scrub, Depilatory, Around-eye Cream, Antiperspirant/Deodorant (Men's), Eye Drops/Artificial Tears, Shampoo, After Shave, Foot Treatment, Bar Soap, Body Firming Lotion, Antiperspirant/Deodorant, Conditioner, Shaving Cream (Men's), Pain/Wound Treatment, Styling Gel/Lotion, Baby Soap, Sunscreen/Tanning Oil, Mascara, Skin Fading/Lightener, Bubble Bath, Baby Lotion, Sunless Tanning, Dandruff/Scalp Treatment, Anti-itch/rash Cream, Baby Shampoo, Depilatory (Men's), Cologne, Bronzer/Highlighter, Eye Makeup Remover, Mouthwash, Liquid Hand Soap, Bath Oil/Salts/Soak, Tooth Whitening, Shaving Cream, Makeup Remover, Perfume, Eye Liner, Cuticle Treatment, Nail Treatment, Hair Color and Bleaching, Foundation, Cradle Cap Treatment, Body Oil, Diaper Cream, Blush, Body Scrub, Body Spray, Relaxer

•Listed on labels as: SODIUM HYDROXIDE; SODIUM HYDROXIDE GRANULES; SODIUM HYDROXIED; SODIUM HYDOXIDE


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

Used in toothpastes and as a pH adjuster in skin creams. Causes contact dermatitis and sensitizes individuals to other chemicals.

Used to neutralize acids, produce sodium salts, hydrolyze fats to make soaps, and precipitate metals; large amounts are used in petroleum refining, rayon production, and rubber reclaiming.

Also used in metal cleaning, electroplating, processing cotton fabrics, and bleaching.

Symptoms


Source:
CDC

(Center for Disease Control)
cdc.gov/niosh

Ingestion: Corrosive! Swallowing may cause severe burns of mouth, throat, and stomach. Severe scarring of tissue and death may result. Symptoms may include bleeding, vomiting, diarrhea, fall in blood pressure. Damage may appears days after exposure.

Skin Contact
: Corrosive! Contact with skin can cause irritation or severe burns and scarring with greater exposures.

Eye Contact
: Corrosive! Causes irritation of eyes, and with greater exposures it can cause burns that may result in permanent impairment of vision, even blindness.

Chronic Exposure: Prolonged contact with dilute solutions has a destructive effect upon tissue.

Aggravation of Pre-existing Conditions: Persons with pre-existing skin disorders or eye problems or impaired respiratory function may be more susceptible to the effects of the substance.


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