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Holmium(III) fluoride is used as an intermediate in the manufacture of glass, metal halide lamp and dopant to garnet laser. It is employed in metallurgy, chemical and physical vapor deposition and in some optical coatings.
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Hazard Statements: H302-H312-H331-H315-H319-H335
Harmful if swallowed. Harmful in contact with skin. Toxic if inhaled. Causes skin irritation. Causes serious eye irritation. May cause respiratory irritation.
Precautionary Statements: P260-P201-P280g-P304+P340-P405-P501a
Do not breathe dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray. Obtain special instructions before use. Wear protective gloves. IF INHALED: Remove to fresh air and keep at rest in a position comfortable for breathing. Store locked up. Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local/regional/national/international regulations.