Salts, basic, such as POTASSIUM ARSENITE, are generally soluble in water. The resulting solutions contain moderate concentrations of hydroxide ions and have pH's greater than 7.0. They react as bases to neutralize acids. These neutralizations generate heat, but less or far less than is generated by neutralization of the bases in reactivity group 10 (Bases) and the neutralization of amines. They usually do not react as either oxidizing agents or reducing agents but such behavior is not impossible. Fire may produce irritating or poisonous gases. Unstable. Avoid aeration. [EPA, 1998].
Fire may produce irritating or poisonous gases. Unstable. Avoid aeration.
Very toxic: probable oral lethal dose in humans is 50-500 mg/kg, or between 1 teaspoonful and one ounce for a 150-lb. adult. It is a skin irritant and allergen. Acute allergic reactions to arsenic compounds are fairly common.
Air & Water Reactions
Soluble in water. Decomposes slowly in air.
A white powder. Toxic by ingestion and by inhalation.