|Document ID (ISN)||76087|
|Convention or series no.
Health and Safety Executive
||Chemical hazard alert notice - Hydroquinone (1,4 Benzenediol)
||HSE Books, P.O. Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, United Kingdom, June 2000. 3p.
||This guidance note provides information on the health effects of exposure to hydroquinone. In view of the information now available, the HSC is studying the possible withdrawal of the current exposure limits from 2001. Hydroquinone is used in the manufacture of photographic developing reagents. It is also used as an intermediate in a number of processes, such as the production of p-benzoquinone for use in agrochemical production, and the manufacturing of methacrylate and methacrylic acid, UV curable resins for printing ink production, acrylonitrile and thermoplastic monomer. There is clear evidence showing that hydroquinone is mutagenic; it is a skin and eye irritant and can cause skin sensitization reactions and damage to the eyes. Exposure to hydroquinone should be controlled by a combination of engineering, process and control measures (ventilation, personal protective equipment).
||United Kingdom; hydroquinone; health hazards; chemical hazards
||mutagenic effects; threshold limit values; irritants; skin diseases; sensitization; personal protective equipment; data sheet; eye injuries; ventilation
||F - Information notes, codes of practice, standards
|Country / State or Province||United Kingdom|
||Toxic and dangerous substances
|Broad subject area(s)
||Genetic factors in reaction to exposures