Another common name for this acid is oil of vitriol. This is because the substance is a thick, oily liquid. It is colorless, odorless, and tasteless. It is harmful to humans and highly corrosive to tissue and metal. When heated, it can produce strong, acrid vapors that may be toxic if inhaled. About 60% of the sulfuric acid produced globally goes into the production of fertilizers. Phosphate rock is treated with a highly concentrated solution of this chemical to produce, among other things, phosphoric acid. This ingredient is essential in making fertilizer. Other applications can include a wide array of different products, such as detergents, explosives, dyes, resins, and nylon. Gloves, goggles, and a breathing mask must be worn at all times when handling this substance. It is highly corrosive and can cause severe chemical burns or blindness. Excessive inhalation or ingestion will result in death. This acid is not flammable, but it should be stored in a cool, dry area.