Ferrous sulfate heptahydrate

Agent Name
Ferrous sulfate heptahydrate
CAS Number
Major Category
Ferrous sulfate heptahydrate formula graphical representation
Feosol; Fero-Gradumet; Ferrous sulfate; Fesofor; Fesotyme; Haemofort; Iron protosulfate; Iron sulfate heptahydrate; Iron(2+) sulfate (1:1) heptahydrate; Iron(2+) sulfate heptahydrate; Ironate; Irosul; Melanterite mineral; Mol-Iron; Natabec; Presfersul; Siderotil mineral; Slow-Fe; Szomolnikite mineral; Tauriscite mineral; Iron(II) sulfate (1:1), heptahydrate; Iron(II) sulfate heptahydrate; Sulfuric acid, iron(2+) salt (1:1), heptahydrate; Ferrous sulfate, heptahydrate; [ChemIDplus] Feospan; Fer-in-Sol; Sulferrous; [Merck Index]
Metals, Inorganic Compounds
Blue-green odorless solid; Efflorescent in dry air; Soluble in water; [Merck Index] Green crystalline solid; [Alfa Aesar MSDS]
Used in iron electroplating baths, fertilizers, pesticides, radiation dosimeters, writing ink, process engraving, lithography, dyeing leather, etching aluminum, water treatment, “brown ring” test for nitrates, and food and feed supplements; Also used as a reducing agent, wood preservative, weed killer, polymerization catalyst, plant food, and hematinic; [Merck Index] Formerly registered in the US as a moss killer/fertilizer for lawns; [NPIRS] Used as a nutritional supplement, processing aid, and stabilizer or thickener for foods; [FDA]
A skin, eye, and mucous membrane irritant; May cause gastrointestinal disturbances, shock, cyanosis, coma, and liver damage; [Merck Index] A skin and strong eye irritant; Harmful by ingestion; [Alfa Aesar MSDS] See "Ferrous sulfate." See "Iron salts, soluble."
Biomedical References

Exposure Assessment

1 mg/m3, as Fe (soluble iron salts)

Adverse Effects

Hepatoxic (a) from occupational exposure (secondary effect) or (b) in animal studies or in humans after ingestion

Diseases, Processes, and Activities Linked to This Agent


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