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Sodium azide

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What is sodium azide?

Sodium azide is a commercial chemical used in automotive air bags and airline safety chutes and as a laboratory preservative.

Why is it restricted?

Sodium azide is very acutely toxic to humans when ingested and has no available antidote or effective treatment. It is classified according to the harmonized classification and labeling of chemicals as fatal if swallowed, very toxic to aquatic life and very toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects.

What is it not restricted?

Laboratory chemicals and/or reagents other than sodium azide, as well as chemical mixtures that may include sodium azide as an ingredient.

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