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Document ID (ISN)76085
CIS number 01-177
Year 2000
Convention or series no. CHAN 20
Author(s)
Health and Safety Executive
Title Chemical hazard alert notice - Phenol
Bibliographic information HSE Books, P.O. Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, United Kingdom, June 2000. 3p.
Abstract This guidance note provides information on the health effects of exposure to phenol. In view of the information now available, the HSC is studying the possible withdrawal of the current exposure limits from 2001. Phenol is used as a starting material for the production of a variety of chemicals, mostly for the production of phenolic resins. It is corrosive and can be absorbed by the skin; diluted preparation may cause chemical burns or skin irritation. It can be genotoxic. Exposure to phenol should be controlled by a combination of engineering, process and control measures (ventilation, personal protective equipment).
Descriptors (primary) phenol; health hazards; chemical hazards; United Kingdom
Descriptors (secondary) threshold limit values; skin absorption; caustic substances; skin diseases; data sheet; chemical burns; personal protective equipment; genetic effects; ventilation
Document type F - Information notes, codes of practice, standards
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Genetic factors in reaction to exposures
Phenols and phenolic compounds
Alcohols