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Document ID (ISN)105571
CIS number 06-1167
ISBN(s) 2-551-22775-5
Year 2005
Convention or series no. Bilan de connaissances B-068
Author(s) Bégin D., Moumen M., Gérin M.
Title The substitution of solvents with benzyl alcohol
Original title La substitution des solvants par l'alcool benzylique [in French]
Bibliographic information Institut de recherche Robert Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST), 505 boul. de Maisonneuve Ouest, Montreal (Quebec) H3A 3C2, Canada, 2005. v, 33p. 139 ref. Price: CAD 6.42. Downloadable version (PDF format) free of charge.
Internet access http://www.irsst.qc.ca/files/documents/PubIRSST/B-068.pdf [in French]
Abstract This report analyses published data on the occupational safety and health and environmental aspects of benzyl alcohol. It aims to provide guidance for industrial hygienists and other safety and health specialists on its possible use as a substitute for traditional solvents. It is concluded that, given the low toxicity of benzyl alcohol in humans and in the environment, it constitutes an acceptable replacement for more toxic solvents such as dichloromethane. However, adequate ventilation is recommended, in particular if products containing benzyl alcohol are sprayed or heated. The use of protective gloves and glasses is also recommended.
Descriptors (primary) Quebec; benzyl alcohol; substitution; organic solvents; toxicology
Descriptors (secondary) literature survey; Canada; report; elimination of spills; criteria document; personal protective equipment; ecotoxicology; health hazards; first aid
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceCanada
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Alcohols