Appearance: Colourless syrupy liquid.
Packaging: 35 kg plastic cannisters
Molecular Formula: H3PO4
Phosphoric acid is less corrosive than other mineral acids. It is an irritant or corrosive to the skin, eyes, and other mucous membranes of both humans and laboratory animals. Phosphoric acid is not genotoxic nor carcinogenic, but phosphate salts have been reported to promote the activity of known carcinogens. Exposures are treated typically by irrigation or flushing with water.
- Phosphoric acid is a component of fertilizers (80% of total use), detergents, and many household cleaning products.
- Dilute solutions have a pleasing acid taste; thus, it's also used as a food additive, lending acidic properties to soft drinks and other prepared foods, and in water treatment products.
- It is also used in rust proofing, engraving, and metal coating and is an intermediate or reagent in many manufacturing processes.