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2-ETHYLHEXANOL
ICSC: 0890
Peer-Review Status: 26.03.1996 Validated
2-Ethyl-1-hexanol
2-Ethylhexyl alcohol 
CAS #: 104-76-7 RTECS #: MP0350000
EINECS #: 203-234-3
    Formula: C8H18O / CH3(CH2)3CH(CH2CH3)CH2OH
Molecular mass: 130.3

TYPES OF
HAZARD /
EXPOSURE
ACUTE HAZARDS / SYMPTOMS      PREVENTION      FIRST AID / FIRE FIGHTING
FIRE Combustible.  NO open flames.  Use powder, AFFF, foam, carbon dioxide. 
EXPLOSION Above 73°C explosive vapour/air mixtures may be formed.  Above 73°C use a closed system, ventilation and explosion-proof electrical equipment.   
 
EXPOSURE   PREVENT GENERATION OF MISTS!   
Inhalation Cough. Dizziness. Headache. Sore throat. Weakness.  Use ventilation, local exhaust or breathing protection.  Fresh air, rest. Refer for medical attention. 
Skin Redness.  Protective gloves.  Remove contaminated clothes. Rinse skin with plenty of water or shower. 
Eyes Redness. Pain.  Wear safety spectacles or eye protection in combination with breathing protection.  First rinse with plenty of water for several minutes (remove contact lenses if easily possible), then refer for medical attention. 
Ingestion Further see Inhalation.  Do not eat, drink, or smoke during work.  Rinse mouth. Refer for medical attention . 

SPILLAGE DISPOSAL
PACKAGING & LABELLING
Personal protection: filter respirator for organic gases and vapours adapted to the airborne concentration of the substance. Collect leaking and spilled liquid in sealable containers as far as possible. 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.   
EC Classification
 
UN Classification
 
GHS Classification
 

EMERGENCY RESPONSE SAFE STORAGE
NFPA Code: H2; F2; R0.  Separated from strong oxidants. 

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

Physical dangers
 

Chemical dangers
Reacts violently with strong oxidants. 

Occupational exposure limits
TLV (NOT-ESTABLISHED):.
MAK: 20 ppm, 110 mg/m³; Peak limitation category: I(1); Pregnancy risk group: C; (DFG 2005). 

Routes of exposure
The substance can be absorbed into the body by inhalation of its vapour and by ingestion. 

Inhalation risk
No indication can be given about the rate at which a harmful concentration of this substance in the air is reached on evaporation at 20°C. 

Effects of short-term exposure
The substance is irritating to the eyes, skin and respiratory tract. The substance may cause effects on the central nervous system. 

Effects of long-term or repeated exposure
 


PHYSICAL PROPERTIES ENVIRONMENTAL DATA
Boiling point: 184-185°C
Melting point: <-76°C
Relative density (water = 1): 0.83
Solubility in water: poor
Vapour pressure, Pa at 20°C: 48
Relative vapour density (air = 1): 4.5
Flash point: 73°C
Auto-ignition temperature: 231°C
Explosive limits, vol% in air: 0.88-9.7 
The substance is harmful to aquatic organisms. 

NOTES
The substance is commonly referred as octyl alcohol.
Card has been partly updated in October 2005.
See section Occupational Exposure Limits. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
 

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