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Potassium silicate is used in binders, carbon electrodes, lead pencils, protective coatings, insoluble pigments, phosphors on television tubes and detergent additives. It acts as a catalyst to make glass, ceramics, welding rods, adhesives, cements, gels, paints, pulp and paper production. Further, it is used in horticulture as a soluble source of potassium and silicon. It acts as a corrosion inhibitor.
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Hazard Statements: H315-H319-H350-H335-H373
Causes skin irritation. Causes serious eye irritation. May cause cancer. May cause respiratory irritation. May cause damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure.
Precautionary Statements: P260-P201-P280-P305+P351+P338-P405-P501a
Do not breathe dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray. Obtain special instructions before use. Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection. 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.