Arsenic 5

Arsenic is a naturally occurring element found in soil that enters the air and water supply either by wind-blown dust or run-off. It can contaminate food, water and soil, creating multiple points of exposure. It has been used as a pesticide and is released from mines and industrial sites.

How can this chemical affect my health?

Acute (Short Term) Effects

yellow toxic to human and animals symbol Toxic to Humans & Animals – Can be fatal on contact, ingestion or inhalation for humans and other mammals.

yellow skim irritant symbol Irritates the Skin – Can cause irritation or serious damage to the skin.

yellow eye irritant symbol Irritates the Eyes – Can cause irritation or serious damage to the eye.

Chronic (Long Term) Effects

Red PBT symbol PBT (Persistent Bioaccumulative Toxicant) – Does not break down readily from natural processes, accumulates in organisms concentrating as it moves up the food chain, and is harmful in small quantities.

Red cancer symbol Cancer – Can cause or increase the risk of cancer.

Orange reproductive harm symbol Reproductive Harm – Can disrupt the male or female reproductive systems, changing sexual development, behavior or functions, decreasing fertility, or resulting in loss of the fetus during pregnancy.

orange birth defects symbol Birth Defects – Can cause harm to the developing child including birth defects, low birth weight and biological or behavioral problems that appear as the child grows.

orange gene damage symbol Gene Damage – Can cause or increase the rate of mutations, which are changes in genetic material in cells.

orange brain and nervous system harm symbol Brain/Nervous System Harm – Can cause damage to the nervous system including the brain.

orange other health effects symbol Other Health Effects – Can cause serious damage on contact or ingestion.

yellow skin irritant symbol Sensitizes the Skin – Can lead to allergic reactions on the skin.

Effects detailed above can occur at various stages of the product’s lifetime, not just during usage. All have been included to provide a complete picture of the chemical’s danger.
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