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As an oxidizing agent, a bleaching agent, deodorant, pharmaceuticals and dyes, and as an analytical reagent.Sodium peroxide acts as a bleaching agent in laundry and wood pulp. It finds application in the extraction of minerals from various ores. It acts as an oxidizing agent as well as an oxygen source by reacting with carbon dioxide. Furthermore, it is used as a deodorant and an analytical reagent. It is also useful in scuba gear and in submarines.
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Yang, S.; Siegel, D. J. Intrinsic Conductivity in Sodium-Air Battery Discharge Phases: Sodium Superoxide vs Sodium Peroxide. Chem. Mater. 2015, 27 (11), 3852-3860.
Hazard Statements: H271-H290-H314-H335
May cause fire or explosion; strong oxidizer. May be corrosive to metals. Causes severe skin burns and eye damage. May cause respiratory irritation.
Precautionary Statements: P210-P220-P221-P260-P264b-P271-P280-P283-P301+P330+P331-P304+P340-P305+P351+P338-P306+P360-P310-P353-P363-P370+P378q-P371+P380+P375-P390-P501c
Keep away from heat/sparks/open flames/hot surfaces. - No smoking. Keep/Store away from clothing/combustible materials. Take any precaution to avoid mixing with combustibles. Do not breathe dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray. 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 fire/flame resistant/retardant clothing. IF SWALLOWED: Rinse mouth. Do NOT induce vomiting. IF INHALED: Remove to fresh air and keep at rest in a position comfortable for breathing. IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing. IF ON CLOTHING: Rinse immediately contaminated clothing and skin with plenty of water before removing clothes. Immediately call a POISON CENTER or doctor/physician. Rinse skin with water/shower. Wash contaminated clothing before reuse. In case of fire: Use CO2, dry chemical, or foam In case of major fire and large quantities: Evacuate area. Fight fire remotely due to the risk of explosion. Absorb spillage to prevent material damage. Dispose of contents/ container to an approved waste disposal plant