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Highly toxic substance; in 1912 for the first time recommended as insecticide and pesticide. Zinc arsenite and arsenate belong to the so called acute toxins (see definition).
Acute toxins are defined as substances that have a median lethal dose (LD50) less than or equal to 50 mg/kg body weight by the oral route of entry; 200 mg/kg body weight by the dermal route of entry or a median lethal concentration (LC50) less than or equal to 0.5 mg/l where time of exposure is eight hours or less. This definition is compatible with the 1994 Department of Transportation definition of "Poison".
POTENTIAL HAZARDS for zinc arsenite, zinc arsenate or a mixture of them.
• Highly toxic , may be fatal if inhaled, swallowed or absorbed through skin.
• Avoid any skin contact.
• Effects of contact or inhalation may be delayed.
• Fire may produce irritating, corrosive and/or toxic gases.
• Runoff from fire control or dilution water may be corrosive and/or toxic and cause pollution.