Bromine is widely used in the production of flame retardants.
Bromine is also used in the agricultural industry as a powerful pesticide.
Bromine is a severe irritant and cannot be tolerated over 10 parts per million.
High levels of bromine can cause disturbances in the central nervous system and is highly corrosive to human tissue.
|0.006 ppm||Irritation to eyes|
|> 0.3 ppm||Odour detectable in air|
|0.2 - 0.5 ppm||Nose and throat irritation, cough, headache|
|> 0.5 ppm||Intolerable|
|40 - 60 ppm||Toxic pneumonitis, pulmonary oedema|
|1000 ppm||Fatal within a few minutes|
Bromine storage and handling facilities must be equipped with an eyewash station and safety shower.
The airborne concentrations must be kept low through adequate ventilation.
Engineering controls are the most effective method of reducing exposure.
|Health||3||Can cause serious or permanent injury.|
|Flammability||0||Will not burn under typical fire conditions.|
|Instability||0||Normally stable, even under fire conditions|
|Special||OX||Possesses oxidizing properties|