hypochlorite (CloroxTM) is used as a bleaching product, water
purifier, disinfectant, germicide and fungicide. California’s Pesticide
Illness Surveillance Program reports that sodium hypochlorite is the
leading pesticide linked to occupation-related chemical illnesses in
hypochlorite is mutagenic. Effects of exposure include: severe irritation
to the nose, throat and lungs, causing coughing, shortness of breath,
chills, muscle aches, head aches, and fever. High exposure can cause
nausea, salivation, vomiting, cramps, diarrhea, chest pains, cough,
pulmonary edema, and possible death. It can also lead to severe eye
irritation and burning sensation, possible blindness, and severe skin
irritation and chemical burns (HSRG 1997).
Substances Resource Guide (HSRG).
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Mehler, L. California Pesticide Illness Surveillance Program. California Environmental Protection Agency.