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Sodium metasilicate pentahydrate is used as a starting material in the preparation of silicas and zeolites. It finds application in detergents and cleaners, pulp and paper production. It is also used in soil stabilization, sealing, adhesives and binders. Further, it is used in titanium dioxide production, paints for masonry and glass, spray coatings for tunnel construction. In addition to this, it is used in fruit and vegetable washes and sanitizers for food-contact surfaces.
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Hazard Statements: H302-H314-H318-H335
Harmful if swallowed. Causes severe skin burns and eye damage. Causes serious eye damage. May cause respiratory irritation.
Precautionary Statements: P260u-P303+P361+P353-P305+P351+P338-P301+P330+P331-P405-P501a
Do not breathe dusts or mists. 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. IF SWALLOWED: Rinse mouth. Do NOT induce vomiting. Store locked up. Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local/regional/national/international regulations.