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CALCIUM HYDROXIDE


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Health Concerns of the Ingredient:
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Cancer
 
 
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Allergies & immunotoxicity
 
 

About CALCIUM HYDROXIDE: Calcium Hydroxide is an inorganic base.

Function(s): pH Adjuster; BUFFERING

Synonym(s): CALCIUM DIHYDROXIDE; CALCIUM DIHYRDROXIDE; CALCIUM HYDRATE; CALCIUM HYDROXIDE (CA (OH) 2) ; HYDRATED LIME; LIME WATER; BELL MINE; BIOCALC; CALCIUM DIHYDROXIDE; CALCIUM HYDRATE; CALCIUM HYDROXIDE (ACGIH:OSHA)

Use restrictions

Concern Reference
Restricted in cosmetics (recommendations or requirements) - use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions - CosIng
Restricted in cosmetics (recommendations or requirements) - use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions - skinEuropean Commission
Recommended restricted in cosmetics - use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions - European Commission

Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)

Concern Reference
Classified as eye, skin, lung irritantCenters for Disease Control (CDC)

Data gaps

Concern Reference
4,364 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemical see search results ->NLM PubMed

Multiple, additive exposure sources

Concern Reference
Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in foodFDA Food Additive Status
Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in foodFDA Everything Added to Food

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

Concern Reference
Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmfulEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
Classified as a low human health priorityEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Ecotoxicology

Concern Reference
Not suspected to be an environmental toxinEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Persistence and bioaccumulation

Concern Reference
Not suspected to be bioaccumulativeEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Occupational hazards

Concern Reference
Single case study detailing occupational hazardsNational Library of Medicine HazMap

Data Sources

Centers for Disease Control (CDC). 2012. NIOSH HomeNIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards, Calcium Hydroxide. http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/npg/npgd0092.html
EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
European Commission. 2013. Cosing, the European Commission database with information on cosmetic substances and ingredients. Accessed on March 1, 2013 at http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/cosmetics/cosing/ .
European Commission. 2000. Cosmetics, Cosing. http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/cosmetics/cosing/index.cfm?fuseaction=search.details_v2&id=28264
European Commission. 2000. Cosmetics, Cosing. http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/cosmetics/cosing/index.cfm?fuseaction=search.details_v2&id=28264
FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) 2006. Food Additive Status List. Downloaded from http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/%7Edms/opa-appa.html, Oct 16, 2006.
FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration). 2008. EAFUS [Everything Added to Food]: A Food Additive Database. FDA Office of Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.
NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2006. HazMap — Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Agents.
NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.

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