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Phosphoric acid - Identification, toxicity, use, water pollution potential, ecological toxicity and regulatory information

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Identifying information, including synonyms, ID numbers, use type, chemical classification, a link to a list of all products containing this chemical and a list of the top crops this pesticide is used on in California.
Signs and symptoms of poisoning, first aid, and links to treatment information for this chemical.
Link to information on toxicity to humans, including carcinogenicity, reproductive and developmental toxicity, neurotoxicity, and acute toxicity.
Links to world-wide registration status as well as regulatory information for the U.S. and California.
Water quality standards and physical properties affecting water contamination potential.
Toxicity to aquatic organisms.
List of chemicals in the same family, including breakdown products, salts, esters, isomers, and other derivatives.
 

Chemical Identification and Use for Phosphoric acid

Basic Identification Information About This Chemical
Chemical Name: Phosphoric acid
CAS Number: 7664-38-2
U.S. EPA PC Code: 076001
CA DPR Chem Code: 871
Molecular Weight: 97.99
Molecular Structure:
Use Type: Fungicide , Herbicide , Microbiocide , pH Adjustment
Chem Class: Inorganic
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Additional Resources About This Chemical Class and Use Type
Historical Use of this Chemical
Top five crops and sites for this pesticide in California
Almonds   Table and Raisin Grapes   Alfalfa for Forage   Pistachios   Cotton  
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Other Names for this Chemical
About Chemical Synonyms
(US EPA PC Code ) , 076001 (US EPA PC Code Text ) , 7664-38-2 (CAS number) , 7664382 , 7664382 (CAS number without hyphens) , 871 (CA DPR Chem Code) ) , acide orthophosphorique , acide phosphorique , Acido Fosfirico , Orthophosphoric acid , Phosphoric acid , PHOSPHORIC ACID (CA DPR Chem Code Text ) , Phosphoric acid and its salts , Phosphoricacid , Phosphorus oxide , Phosphorus oxide ( CAS Reg. No. 1314-56-3) , Phosphorus oxide (hydrated)
 
Products Containing This Chemical
Current and historic U.S. registered products
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Signs and Symptoms of Phosphoric acid Poisoning

NOTE! There may be other diseases and chemicals that have similar symptoms.

If you have a poisoning emergency in the United States call 1-800-222-1222.
If the victim has collapsed or is unconscious, call 911.

Symptoms of Phosphoric acid Exposure from the International Chemical Safety Cards (ICSC)

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Route of Exposure

Symptoms

First Aid

Inhalation Burning sensation. Cough. Shortness of breath. Sore throat. Fresh air rest. Refer for medical attention.
Skin Redness. Skin burns. Pain. Blisters. Remove contaminated clothes. Rinse skin with plenty of water or shower. Refer for medical attention.
Eyes Redness. Pain. Severe deep burns. First rinse with plenty of water for several minutes (remove contact lenses if easily possible) then take to a doctor.
Ingestion Abdominal pain. Burning sensation. Shock or collapse. Rinse mouth. Do NOT induce vomiting. Give plenty of water to drink. Refer for medical attention.
Notes for ICSC Information
NEVER pour water into this substance; when dissolving or diluting always add it slowly to the water.
 

Toxicity Information for Phosphoric acid

  Note: Information for many chemicals is incomplete and may not be fully representative of effects on humans. Why?

Summary Toxicity Information

PAN Bad Actor
Chemical
1
Acute
Toxicity
2
Carcinogen Cholinesterase
Inhibitor
Ground
Water Contaminant
Developmental or
Reproductive Toxin
Endocrine
Disruptor
Not Listed
No
 
Indicates high toxicity in the given toxicological category. Indicates no available weight-of-the-evidence summary assessment. For additional information on toxicity from scientific journals or registration documents, see the "Additional Resources for Toxicity " section of the chemical detail page.
1. PAN Bad Actors are chemicals that are one or more of the following: highly acutely toxic, cholinesterase inhibitor, known/probable carcinogen, known groundwater pollutant or known reproductive or developmental toxicant. NOTE! Because there are no authoritative lists of Endocrine Disrupting (ED) chemicals, EDs are not yet considered PAN Bad Actor chemicals.
2. The acute toxicity reported on this page is of the pure chemical ingredient only and may not reflect the acute toxicity of individual pesticide products. To view acute toxicity of individual products, click on 'View Products' link in the 'Chemical Identification' section above.

Detailed Toxicity Information

This Chemical
Parent Chemical 
Acute Toxicity 2
Phosphoric acid Sulfuric acid
WHO Acute Hazard
TRI Acute Hazard
Material Safety Data Sheets
Acute rating from U.S. EPA product label
U.S. NTP Acute Toxicity Studies
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Cholinesterase Inhibitor
Not Listed
Not Listed
Not Available
No Consensus Value
No NTP Studies

No
Not Listed
Not Listed
Not Available
Highly Toxic
No NTP Studies

No
2. The acute toxicity reported on this page is of the pure chemical ingredient only and may not reflect the acute toxicity of individual pesticide products. To view acute toxicity of individual products, click on 'View Products' link in the 'Chemical Identification' section above.
 
Cancer Information
Phosphoric acid Sulfuric acid
IARC Carcinogens
U.S. NTP Carcinogens
California Prop 65 Known Carcinogens
U.S. EPA Carcinogens
TRI Carcinogen
Not Listed
Not Listed
Not Listed
No data available
Not Listed
Not Listed
Not Listed
Not Listed
No data available
Not Listed
 
Endocrine Disruption
Phosphoric acid Sulfuric acid
Illinois EPA list
Keith list
Colborn list
Benbrook list
Danish Inert list
EU list
Not Listed
Not Listed
Not Listed
Not Listed
Not Listed
Not Listed
Not Listed
Not Listed
Not Listed
Not Listed
Not Listed
Not Listed
 
Reproductive and Developmental Toxicity
Phosphoric acid Sulfuric acid
CA Prop 65 Developmental Toxin
U.S. TRI Developmental Toxin
CA Prop 65 Female Reproductive Toxin
CA Prop 65 Male Reproductive Toxin
U.S. TRI Reproductive Toxin
Not Listed
Not Listed
Not Listed
Not Listed
Not Listed
Not Listed
Not Listed
Not Listed
Not Listed
Not Listed
 
Chemicals of Special Concern
Phosphoric acid Sulfuric acid
PAN Bad Actors
PAN Dirty Dozen list
Not Listed
Not Listed
Yes
Not Listed
 

Water Pollution Potential and Criteria for Phosphoric acid

Water Pollution Potential

This Chemical
Parent Chemical
  Phosphoric acid Sulfuric acid
PAN Ground Water Contaminant Rating Insufficient Data Insufficient Data
 

Sorry, no water quality standards or criteria have been established for this chemical by the U.S. or Canadian governments; however, there may be criteria established for related chemicals.

 

Regulatory Information for Phosphoric acid

International Regulatory Status

This Chemical
Parent Chemical 
 
UNEP Persistent Organic Pollutant (POP)
UNEP Prior Informed Consent Chemical (PIC)
WHO Obsolete Pesticide
Not Listed
Not Listed
Not Listed
Not Listed
Not Listed
Not Listed
 

U.S. and California Regulatory Status

U.S. EPA Registered
U.S. EPA Hazardous Air Pollutant
U.S. EPA Minimum Risk Pesticide (25b list)

CA Registered
CA Groundwater Contaminant
CA Toxic Air Contaminant
Yes
Not Listed
No

Yes
Not Listed
Not Listed
Yes
Not Listed
No

Yes
Not Listed
Not Listed
 

Maximum Tolerance and Residue Levels

Codex Alimentarius
   (UN FAO Maximum Residue Limits)
U.S. Maximum Tolerance Levels
European Union Maximum Residue Levels
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Ecotoxicity for Phosphoric acid

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Aquatic Ecotoxicity

All Toxic Effects for Organism Group
Organism Group Effects Noted
Fish Biochemistry, Feeding Behavior, Growth, Mortality
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Summary of Acute Toxicity for Organism Group

Sorry, no acute aquatic ecotoxicity data available for this chemical. Try related chemicals.

 

Terrestrial Ecotoxicity

Summary of Acute Toxicity for Organism Group

Sorry, no honeybee acute toxicity data available for this chemical. Try related chemicals.

Note: Population-level effects on honeybees may occur even if a pesticide has low acute toxicity. For example, certain pesticides interfere with honeybee reproduction, ability to navigate, or temperature regulation, any of which can have an effect on long-term survival of honeybee colonies. The neonicotinoids, pyrethroids and keto-enol pesticides are some types of pesticides causing one or more of these effects.
Honeybee Chronic Toxicity

Sorry, no honeybee chronic toxicity data available for this chemical. Try related chemicals.

Related Chemicals for Phosphoric acid

CAS Number Relation Reason Chemical Name Chem Detail Symptoms California Use Chem Use Type U.S. EPA Reg PAN Bad Actor
7664-93-9 Parent P Sulfuric acid View View View Herbicide, Dessicant, Fungicide, Microbiocide, pH Adjustment Yes Yes
16961-83-4 Related 7 Fluosilicic acid View View View No Not Listed
10034-85-2 Related 7 Hydriodic acid View View View No Not Listed
7664-39-3 Related 7 Hydrofluoric acid View View View No Not Listed
7647-01-0 Related 7 Hydrogen chloride View View View Fumigant, Fungicide, Nematicide, pH Adjustment, Herbicide Yes Not Listed
7697-37-2 Related 7 Nitric acid View View View No Not Listed
7664-38-2 Related 7 Phosphoric acid View View View Fungicide, pH Adjustment, Herbicide, Microbiocide Yes Not Listed
7646-93-7 Related 7 Potassium bisulfate View View View pH Adjustment, Fungicide, Herbicide, Microbiocide No Not Listed
7681-38-1 Related 7 Sodium bisulfate View View View pH Adjustment, Fungicide, Herbicide, Microbiocide Yes Yes
Related P Strong Inorganic Acid Mists Containing Sulfuric Acid View View View Water treatment No Yes
 
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