ABC of Safety in the Biological Sciences
ALUMINIUM SILICATE (H2Al2Si2O8)
Argilla, bolus alba, china clay, kaolin, porcelain clay, white bole.
CHARACTERISTICS White to off white powder.
HEALTH HAZARD DATA
The toxicological effects of this substance have not been investigated. It is used as an absorbent for intestinal disorders and is therefore assumed to present a low hazard. Recent studies in Britain have suggested that a link exists between ingestion of aluminium and senile dementia. Introduction of aluminium compounds directly into the bloodstream may contribute to the development of neurological effects resembling senility.
HANDLING and GENERAL PRECAUTIONS
Avoid skin and eye contact.
Cover open sores and cuts.
Wear protective clothing to avoid skin and eye contact or ingestion. A long sleeved laboratory coat or gown, rubber gloves, safety goggles and a face mask as a minimum standard.
Skin remove contaminated clothing and immediately wash the affected area with large amounts of water until all evidence of the chemical has been removed (approximately 15 minutes). If irritation persists seek medical attention.
Eyes immediately wash the affected eye with large amounts of water until all evidence of the chemical has been removed (approximately 15 minutes). If irritation or pain persist seek medical attention.
Inhalation remove from the area of exposure to fresh air. Keep warm and allow to rest. If irritation or pain develop seek medical attention.
Ingestion rinse the mouth thoroughly with water and give water to drink. DO NOT INDUCE VOMITING. Seek medical advice.
Store in a cool, dry atmosphere. Keep the lid tightly closed.
Wear rubber gloves, safety glasses and laboratory coat.
Collect in a non-combustible container for disposal by waste disposal contractor.
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