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Paraformaldehyde is used as a disinfectant, hardening agent and waterproofing agent. It is also used to prepare adhesives, resins and dentistry as an antiseptic and contraceptive. It is also employed as a thermoplastic. In addition, it is used in the preparation of formalin fixatives for tissues or cells during the samples subjected to florescence studies.
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Hesler, V. J.; Skelton, B. W.; White, A. H.; Brown, D. H.; Baker, M. V. Calixarene/azolium cyclophane hybrids: synthesis, structure and conformations. J. Inclusion Phenom. Macrocyclic Chem. 2015, 82 (1-2), 53-69.
Hazard Statements: H315-H317-H318-H351
Causes skin irritation. May cause an allergic skin reaction. Causes serious eye damage. Suspected of causing cancer.
Precautionary Statements: P201-P202-P261-P264b-P272-P280g-P281-P302+P352-P305+P351+P338-P308+P313-P310-P333+P313-P362-P501c
Obtain special instructions before use. Do not handle until all safety precautions have been read and understood. Avoid breathing dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray. Wash face, hands and any exposed skin thoroughly after handling Contaminated work clothing should not be allowed out of the workplace. Wear protective gloves. Use personal protective equipment as required. IF ON SKIN: Wash with plenty of soap and water. IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing. IF exposed or concerned: Get medical advice/attention. Immediately call a POISON CENTER or doctor/physician. If skin irritation or rash occurs: Take off contaminated clothing and wash before reuse. Dispose of contents/ container to an approved waste disposal plant