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Document ID (ISN)20447
CIS number 74-455
ISSN - Serial title 0007-1072 - British Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 1973
Convention or series no.
Author(s) May G.
Title Chloracne from the accidental production of tetrachlorodibenzodioxin.
Bibliographic information July 1973, Vol.30, No.3, p.276-283. Illus. 14 ref.
Abstract Following the accidental production of 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzodioxin (dioxin) due to an exothermic reaction at a plant manufacturing 2,4,5-trichlorophenol, 79 cases of chloracne were recorded, many of them severe. Similar incidents are known to have occurred both in Europe and the USA, often resulting in widespread illness and even deaths. A new plant now in operation for 3 years is designed in such a way that an exothermic reaction is not possible. The trichlorophenol which is produced is tested for dioxin contamination by instantaneous gas-liquid chromatography.
Descriptors (primary) chloracne; trichlorophenol; pesticide production; explosions
Descriptors (secondary) tetrachlorodibenzodioxin
Document type -
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s)
Browse category(ies) Skin diseases
Phenols and phenolic compounds
Chemical industry