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It is used in agriculture as a high-nitrogen fertilizer. It is one of the main components of ammonium nitrate/fuel oil (ANFO). ANFO is used in coal mining, quarrying, metal mining, and civil construction. It is also used as an oxidizer in solid rocket propellants.
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Hazard Statements: H272-H319
May intensify fire; oxidizer. Causes serious eye irritation.
Precautionary Statements: P220-P221-P264b-P271-P280-P280i-P305+P351+P338-P337+P313-P370+P380+P375-P372-P380-P501c
Keep/Store away from clothing/combustible materials. Take any precaution to avoid mixing with combustibles. Wash face, hands and any exposed skin thoroughly after handling Use only outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection. Wear eye/face protection. IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing. If eye irritation persists: Get medical advice/attention. In case of fire: Evacuate area. Fight fire remotely due to the risk of explosion. Explosion risk in case of fire. Dispose of contents/ container to an approved waste disposal plant