Chemicals and their harmful effects
3. Ammonia : Ammonia at a standard temperature and pressure is a gas with a characteristic pungent odor.
Use : It is mainly used in the production of fertilizers, explosives and polymers. It also finds a wide application in organic chemistry as a synthetic reagent.
Health risks: It is considered to be carcinogenic even in very small concentrations and on exposure fro longer durations it is considered a long term hazard to human health.
4. Arsenic : It is a poisonous metalloid.
Use : It is mainly used as a pesticides, herbicides and insecticides.
Health Risks: Arsenic and many of its compounds are considered potent poisons. Arsenic kills by massively disrupting the digestive system, leading to death from shock.
5. Benzene or benzol is a colorless and flammable liquid with a pleasant, sweet smell.
Use : It is mainly used as an industrial solvent and precursor in the production of drugs, plastics, gasoline, synthetic rubber, and dyes.