Mercury(II) chloride (HgCl2)

Substance: mercury(II) chloride.

Also known as: mercury dichloride mercuric chloride

Chemspider article about mercury(II) chloride

Wikipedia article about mercury(II) chloride

Hazard information danger

Corrosive cat. 1
Toxic cat. 1 - 3
Systemic health hazards

Hazard statements

  • Causes severe skin burns and eye damage
  • Suspected of causing genetic defects
  • Suspected of damaging fertility.
  • Causes damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure
  • Very toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects

Precautionary statements

  • Wash … thoroughly after handling.
  • Avoid release to the environment.
  • Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection. [As modified by IV ATP]
  • IF SWALLOWED: Immediately call a POISON CENTER/doctor/… [As modified by IV ATP]
  • [Deleted by IV ATP]
  • IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses if present and easy to do – continue rinsing.

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