WHMIS (Phenylmercuric nitrate)

Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System

WHMIS 2015 classification - Note to reader
Update: 2015-12-11

  • Skin corrosion/irritation - Category 21 2 3 4 5
  • Serious eye damage/eye irritation - Category 21
  • Skin sensitization - Category 1B4 6 7 8
  • Reproductive toxicity - Category 23 8
    • Adverse effects on the development of the offspring
    • Toxic to the reproductive function
  • Specific target organ toxicity - repeated exposure - Category 13 8

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  • WHMIS 2015 pictogram : Health hazard


Causes skin irritation (H315)
Causes serious eye irritation (H319)
May cause allergic skin reaction (H317)
Suspected of damaging fertility or the unborn child (H361)
Causes damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure (H372)

Ingredient disclosure


Due to the lack of data, classifications regarding skin irritation (H315), eye irritation (H319) and skin sensitization (H317) were established by analogy to phenylmercury compounds.

Due to the lack of data, classification regarding toxic to reproduction (H361) was established by analogy to soluble inorganic mercury compounds (Mercury II chloride).

Due to the lack of data, classification regarding specific organ toxicity - repeated exposure (H372) was established by analogy to phenylmercuric acetate.


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