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Paraformaldehyde, 4% in PBS + Mg + EGTA is used as a common fixative reagent for histology. It is also used to prepare pure formaldehyde.
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Hazard Statements: H317-H318-H351
May cause an allergic skin reaction. Causes serious eye damage. Suspected of causing cancer.
Precautionary Statements: P201-P202-P272-P280g-P281-P302+P352-P305+P351+P338-P308+P313-P310-P333+P313-P363-P501c
Obtain special instructions before use. Do not handle until all safety precautions have been read and understood. 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: Wash contaminated clothing before reuse. Dispose of contents/ container to an approved waste disposal plant