A roach killer, and known reproductive and developmental toxin.
Known to contribute to the development and growth of colon, liver and breast
cancers in laboratory animals.
According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, the toxic effects of antimony
are as follows: "Breathing high levels of antimony for a long time can irritate the eyes and lungs, and
can cause problems with the lungs, heart and stomach, can cause stomach pain, diarrhea, vomiting
and stomach ulcers. In short-term studies, animals that breathed very high levels of antimony died.
In long-term studies, animals that breathed very low levels of antimony had eye irritation, hair loss,
lung damage and heart problems. Problems with fertility were also noted. Antimony is a heavy metal
that has been linked to heart damage, cancer and SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome.)
A chemical used in manufacturing and chemical industries, and as a preservative by anatomists,
embalmers and pathologists. Being exposed to formaldehyde may increase the risk of developing
leukemia and brain cancer. (National Cancer Institute) Formaldehyde is a colorless, flammable,
strong-smelling chemical that is used in building materials and to produce many household
products, including flame retardants for mattresses and furniture.
is in the family of PBDE's. DecaBDE is a flame retardant. The chemical "is always used in
conjunction with antimony trioxide" in polymers. DecaBDE is also used for "polypropylene drapery
and upholstery fabric" by means of backcoating and "may also be used in some synthetic carpets. A
known bioaccumulator and is linked to cancer.
Fire resistant material used in popular brand mattresses PTFE/Teflon fabric
Effects of Exposure: EYE: FIBER FLY & DUST MAY CAUSE IRRITATION. SKIN:
CONTINUAL RUBBING OF FIBERS & FIBER PIECES ON THE SKIN MAY CAUSE
IRRITATION. INGESTION: KEVLAR IS NONTOXIC WHEN EATEN. INHALATION: KEVLAR IS
TOO BIG TO INHALE INTO THE LUNGS, BUT FIBER DUST & FLY FROM PROCESSING
MAY BE BREATHED INTO THE NOSE & THROAT. WORKING UNPROTECTED IN DUSTY
CONDITIONS MAY CAUSE UPPER RESPIRATORY IRRITATION & COLD-LIKE SYMPTOMS.
CHRONIC: PROCESSING KEVLAR OR MACHINING MATERIALS CONTAINING KEVLAR MAY
CREATE FIBER DUST IN THE AIR SMALL ENOUGH TO BE BREATHED INTO THE LUNGS.
BREATHING HIGH CONCENTRATIONS OF DUST FOR LONG PERIODS MAY CAUSE LUNG INJURY.
Exposure has serious health effects. The American Petroleum Institute stated in 1948 that "it is
generally considered that the only absolutely safe concentration for benzene is zero" The US Dep't
of Health and Human Services classifies benzene as a human carcinogen. Long-term exposure to
excessive levels of benzene in the air causes leukemia, a potentially fatal cancer of the
blood-forming organs, in susceptible individuals.
Should not be inhaled due to its health effects. Low to moderate levels can cause tiredness,
confusion, weakness, drunken-type actions. Toluene is a commercial solvent.
Long-term use of potassium bromide (or any bromide salt) can lead to bromism.
This state of central nervous system depression causes the moderate toxicity of bromide in multi-gram
doses for humans and other mammals. The very long half-life of bromide ion in the body (~12 days) also
contributes to toxicity from bromide build-up in body fluids. Bromide ingestion may also cause a skin
eruption resembling acne.
SOURCES: Wikipedia, Dupont, People for Clean Beds, AbC News, US Dep't of Health and Human Services,
The American Petroleum Institute
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