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m-CRESOL
ICSC: 0646
Peer-Review Status: 13.11.2008 Validated
3-Cresol
3-Methylphenol
3-Hydroxytoluene
1-Hydroxy-3-methylbenzene 
CAS #: 108-39-4 RTECS #: GO6125000
UN #: 2076
EC #: 604-004-00-9
EINECS #: 203-577-9
    Formula: C7H8O / CH3C6H4OH
Molecular mass: 108.1

TYPES OF
HAZARD /
EXPOSURE
ACUTE HAZARDS / SYMPTOMS      PREVENTION      FIRST AID / FIRE FIGHTING
FIRE Combustible. Gives off irritating or toxic fumes (or gases) in a fire.  NO open flames.  Use water spray, foam, powder, carbon dioxide. 
EXPLOSION Above 86°C explosive vapour/air mixtures may be formed.  Above 86°C use a closed system and ventilation.  In case of fire: keep drums, etc., cool by spraying with water. 
 
EXPOSURE   STRICT HYGIENE!  IN ALL CASES CONSULT A DOCTOR! 
Inhalation Cough. Sore throat. Burning sensation. Headache. Nausea. Vomiting. Shortness of breath. Laboured breathing.  Use ventilation, local exhaust or breathing protection.  Fresh air, rest. Half-upright position. Artificial respiration may be needed. Refer immediately for medical attention. 
Skin MAY BE ABSORBED! Redness. Pain. Blisters. Skin burns.  Protective gloves. Protective clothing.  Remove contaminated clothes. Rinse skin with plenty of water or shower. Refer immediately for medical attention. 
Eyes Redness. Pain. Severe deep burns.  Wear face shield or eye protection in combination with breathing protection.  Rinse with plenty of water (remove contact lenses if easily possible). Refer immediately for medical attention. 
Ingestion Burns in mouth and throat. Burning sensation in the throat and chest. Nausea. Vomiting. Abdominal pain. Shock or collapse.  Do not eat, drink, or smoke during work. Wash hands before eating.  Rinse mouth. Do NOT induce vomiting. Refer immediately for medical attention. 

SPILLAGE DISPOSAL
PACKAGING & LABELLING
Personal protection: chemical protection suit and filter respirator for organic gases and vapours adapted to the airborne concentration of the substance. Collect leaking liquid in sealable containers. Absorb remaining liquid in sand or inert absorbent. Then store and dispose of according to local regulations. Do NOT let this chemical enter the environment.  Do not transport with food and feedstuffs. 
EC Classification
Symbol: T, C; R: 24/25-34; S: (1/2)-36/37/39-45; Note: C 
UN Classification
UN Hazard Class: 6.1; UN Subsidiary Risks: 8; UN Pack Group: II 
GHS Classification
Signal: Danger
Toxic if swallowed
Harmful in contact with skin
Fatal if inhaled vapour
Causes severe skin burns and eye damage
Causes damage to central nervous system and blood
Causes damage to nervous system and blood through prolonged or repeated exposure
Toxic to aquatic life 
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EMERGENCY RESPONSE SAFE STORAGE
Transport Emergency Card: TEC (R)-61GTC1-II.
NFPA Code: H3; F2; R0. 
Separated from strong oxidants and food and feedstuffs. Ventilation along the floor. Store in an area without drain or sewer access. Provision to contain effluent from fire extinguishing. 

IMPORTANT DATA
Physical State; Appearance
COLOURLESS-TO-YELLOW LIQUID WITH CHARACTERISTIC ODOUR. 

Physical dangers
 

Chemical dangers
Reacts violently with strong oxidants. The solution in water is a weak acid. 

Occupational exposure limits
TLV: 5ppm as TWA; (skin); (ACGIH 2008).
MAK: Carcinogen category: 3A; Skin absorption (H); (DFG 2008). 

Routes of exposure
The substance can be absorbed into the body by inhalation of its vapour, through the skin and by ingestion. Serious local effects by all routes of exposure. 

Inhalation risk
A harmful contamination of the air will not or will only very slowly be reached on evaporation of this substance at 20°C. 

Effects of short-term exposure
The substance is corrosive to the eyes, skin and respiratory tract. Corrosive on ingestion. Inhalation may cause lung oedema, but only after initial corrosive effects on eyes and/or airways have become manifest. The substance may cause effects on the central nervous system. This may result in lowering of consciousness. The substance may cause effects on the blood. This may result in destruction of blood cells. Exposure far above the OEL could cause death. Medical observation is indicated. 

Effects of long-term or repeated exposure
Repeated or prolonged contact with skin may cause dermatitis. The substance may have effects on the nervous system. This may result in impaired functions. The substance may have effects on the blood. This may result in anaemia. 


PHYSICAL PROPERTIES ENVIRONMENTAL DATA
Boiling point: 202°C
Melting point: 11-12°C
Relative density (water = 1): 1.03
Solubility in water, g/100ml at 20°C: 2.4 (moderate)
Vapour pressure, Pa at 20°C: 13
Relative vapour density (air = 1): 3.7
Relative density of the vapour/air-mixture at 20°C (air = 1): 1.0
Flash point: 86°C
Auto-ignition temperature: 575°C
Explosive limits, vol% in air: 1.0-?
Octanol/water partition coefficient as log Pow: 1.96
Viscosity: 4.05 mm²/s at 50°C 
The substance is toxic to aquatic organisms. It is strongly advised not to let the chemical enter into the environment. 

NOTES
 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
 

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    See Also:
       Toxicological Abbreviations
       m-cresol (JECFA Evaluation)
       m-cresol (SIDS)