Zinc sulfate, solution 0.5 M

Molecular formula:
Chemical compound:
zinc sulfate heptahydrate
Common name:

ZnSO4 – zinc sulfate – is a powder consisting of transparent, colorless crystals. It is odorless, but has a sharp, astringent taste. It is historically known as “white vitriol.” Zinc sulfate is prescribed to treat various inflammatory diseases and zinc deficiency. Zinc sulfate, as a source of the chemical elements sulfur and zinc, is also a popular fertilizer. Moreover, it can be given to livestock as a mineral supplement.

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Hazard information

Hazard statements

  • Harmful if swallowed.
  • Causes serious eye damage.
  • Very toxic to aquatic life with long-lasting effects.

Precautionary statements

  • Avoid release to the environment.
  • Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local/regional/national/international regulation.
  • Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection.
  • IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses if present and easy to do – continue rinsing.