Uses: Boric acid is used in foods, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and numerous industrial processes. Used in Australia for a well known ant poison.
Suspected to be a neurotoxic hazard. Ingestion is harmful and may be fatal. Harmful by inhalation.
An irritant. May cause congenital malformation in the foetus.
Laboratory tests with animals suggest this material may cause reproductive disorders.
Description: Boric acid, as an acidity regulator is best known for being an antiseptic, it is also used in creams and ointments, insecticides, leather finishing, paints, soaps, wood preserving, and in ceramics and glass manufacturing.
Boric acid is industrially synthesised by treating borax with strong acid.