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Hazards of Azide Salts

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Clinical Laboratory

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Sodium azide may used as a preservative for in vitro diagnostic tests, water baths or other aqueous systems. Sodium azide (NaN3) reacts with water to form hydrazoic acid (HN3). Contact with certain metals can result in the formation of azide salts, which can be highly explosive.

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