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Zinc phosphide has useful applications in photovoltaic cells. It is also employed as a laboratory chemical. It plays an important role in medicine and pharmaceuticals. It acts as a fumigant in grain storage.
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Hazard Statements: H260-H300
In contact with water releases flammable gases which may ignite spontaneously. Fatal if swallowed.
Precautionary Statements: P223-P231+P232-P264b-P270-P280-P301+P310-P330-P335+P334-P370+P378q-P501c
Keep away from any possible contact with water, because of violent reaction and possible flash fire. Handle under inert gas. Protect from moisture. Wash face, hands and any exposed skin thoroughly after handling Do not eat, drink or smoke when using this product. Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection. IF SWALLOWED: Immediately call a POISON CENTER or doctor/physician. Rinse mouth. Brush off loose particles from skin. Immerse in cool water/wrap in wet bandages. In case of fire: Use CO2, dry chemical, or foam Dispose of contents/ container to an approved waste disposal plant