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Mercuric chloride is used as a catalyst for the conversion of acetylene to vinyl chloride, the precursor to polyvinylchloride It is used as embalming chemical, photographic intensifier. It is also used as a treatment for syphilis and in very dilute solution as an antiseptic.
Hazard Statements: H300-H314-H341-H361-H372
Fatal if swallowed. Causes severe skin burns and eye damage. Suspected of causing genetic defects. Suspected of damaging fertility or the unborn child. Causes damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure.
Precautionary Statements: P260u-P301+P310a-P303+P361+P353-P305+P351+P338-P405-P501a
Do not breathe dusts or mists. IF SWALLOWED: Immediately call a POISON CENTER/doctor IF ON SKIN (or hair): Remove/Take off immediately all contaminated clothing. Rinse skin with water/shower. IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing. Store locked up. Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local/regional/national/international regulations.