Facts:

As of July 1, 2000, Cobalt Chloride is to be labeled with a toxic symbol in the United Kingdom.

                  

In its anhydrous state, Cobalt Chloride is blue.  In its hydrate state, Cobalt Chloride is pink.  The dramatic color change is why it has been a popular chemical to use for indicating the presence of moisture.

 

The chemical formula for Cobalt Chloride is CoCl2. 

 

Cobalt Chloride is used as the base for creating other cobalt compounds which can be found in:

         Alloys

         Batteries

         Chemistry/crystal sets

         Drill bits and machine tools

         Dyes and pigments (Cobalt Blue)

         Magnets

         Tires

         Eye makeup

         Lotions

         Some pet foods

         Hormone replacement treatments

         Buckles

         Buttons

         Snaps

         Zippers

         Coins

         Costume jewelry

         Keys

         Electronic recording tapes

         Ceramics

         Pottery

         Glass

         Paints

         Dryers in oil based paints, lacquers, varnishes, printing inks and enamels

         Light brown hair dyes

         Tattoos

         Solid soaps

         Joint replacements

         Dental appliances.

         Welding rods (also in the smoke)

         Welding stainless steel

         Oxidizing agent in automobile exhaust controls

         Accelerators for the production of terephthalate, polyester and acrylate plastics.

Breathing in Cobalt Chloride can result in the following:

  Asthma-like breathing problems

  Persistent breathing problems like pulmonary fibrosis

Frequent contact with Cobalt Chloride can result in the following:

  Skin irritation

  Rashes

  Skin sensitivity

Ingesting Cobalt Chloride can result in the following:

  Nausea

  Vomiting

  Cardiomyopathy

  Thyroid problems

  Nerve problems

  Thickening of the blood