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Asphyxia is a lack of oxygen which interferes with the oxygenation of the blood.

This condition is the result of asphyxiation, which can result from a number of factors such as 1) suffocation/strangulation or 2) inhalation of an asphyxiant such as 100% nitrogen gas.

SDS Relevance

Asphyxia can lead to death. See the section on asphyxiants for more details.

If a material poses an asphyxia risk, you should find that information in Section 11 (toxicological information) of the Safety Data Sheet.

Warning: Carbon Dioxide gas alarm system sign

All rooms with fixed extinguishing systems must have appropriate warning signs like this one from Safety Emporium.

Further Reading

See also: anoxia, asphyxiation, asphyxiant

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