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Document ID (ISN)101597
CIS number 03-536
ISSN - Serial title 1877-7856 - Encyclopédie médico-chirurgicale
Year 2003
Convention or series no. Fascicule 16-020-A-10
Author(s) Rosenberg N.
Title Persulfates and sulfites
Original title Perfulfates et sulfites [in French]
Bibliographic information Toxicologie Pathologie professionnelle, 1st Quarter 2003, No.138, 3p. 28 ref.
Abstract Persulfates and sulfites are sulfur-containing salts that find use because of their strong chemical reactivity. Persulfates are potent oxidizing agents, mainly used as bleaching accelerators in hairdressing. They may be responsible for contact dermatoses and respiratory symptoms (rhinitis and asthma) that are listed in French schedules of occupational diseases. Sulfites are used for their reducing properties in laundries, paper pulp manufacture, tanning, dyeing, industrial water treatment and photography. They constitute the food additives of the series E220 to E228 and are included as preserving agents in many medical drugs. They may give rise to intolerance symptoms during ingestion or inhalation (rhinitis, asthma, urticaria, Quincke's oedema or anaphylactic shock). The World Health Organization (WHO) has defined a daily admissible level for sulfites in food. Respiratory symptoms that appear in the context of occupational exposures to sulfites are listed in the schedules of occupational diseases.
Descriptors (primary) occupational diseases; France; risk factors; toxicology; sulfites; persulfates
Descriptors (secondary) water treatment; data sheet; laundries; acute toxicity; WHO; drugs; oxidizing substances; asthma; eczema; urticaria; angioneurotic oedema; bleaching; tanning; dyeing; reduction; food additives; animal experiments; hairdressing; chronic toxicity; schedule of occupational diseases; hypersensitivity; pulp and paper industry; encyclopaedia; rhinitis
Document type B - Chemical safety information sheets
Country / State or ProvinceFrance
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s)
Browse category(ies) Inorganic sulfur compounds
Inorganic substances