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1,1,2,2-Tetrabromoethane is useful for the separation of minerals from supporting rock. It is used as a solvent for fats, greases, oils and waxes. It acts as a mercury substitute in the production of gauges and balancing equipment. It finds application as a floating agent used in processing and separation of mineral oils. Further, it is used as refractive index liquid in microscopy. In addition to this, it is also employed as a flame-retardant additive for polystyrenes, polyurethanes and polyolefins.
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Hazard Statements: H330-H319
Fatal if inhaled. Causes serious eye irritation.
Precautionary Statements: P260-P304+P340-P305+P351+P338-P320-P405-P501a
Do not breathe dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray. 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. Specific treatment is urgent (see label). Store locked up. Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local/regional/national/international regulations.