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BENZYL ACETATE
ICSC: 1331
Peer-Review Status: 25.03.1999 Validated
Benzyl acetate
Phenylmethyl acetate
Acetic acid, benzyl ester 
CAS #: 140-11-4 RTECS #: AF5075000
EINECS #: 205-399-7
    Formula: C9H10O2 / CH3COOCH2C6H5
Molecular mass: 150.2

TYPES OF
HAZARD /
EXPOSURE
ACUTE HAZARDS / SYMPTOMS      PREVENTION      FIRST AID / FIRE FIGHTING
FIRE Combustible.  NO open flames.  Use water spray, powder, alcohol-resistant foam, carbon dioxide. 
EXPLOSION Above 90°C explosive vapour/air mixtures may be formed.  Above 90°C use a closed system and ventilation.   
 
EXPOSURE      
Inhalation Burning sensation. Confusion. Dizziness. Drowsiness. Laboured breathing. Sore throat.  Use ventilation, local exhaust or breathing protection.  Fresh air, rest. Refer for medical attention. 
Skin Dry skin.  Protective gloves.  Remove contaminated clothes. Rinse and then wash skin with water and soap. 
Eyes Redness.  Wear safety spectacles.  First rinse with plenty of water for several minutes (remove contact lenses if easily possible), then refer for medical attention. 
Ingestion Burning sensation. Convulsions. Diarrhoea. Drowsiness. Vomiting.  Do not eat, drink, or smoke during work.  Rinse mouth. Do NOT induce vomiting. Give one or two glasses of water to drink. Rest. Refer for medical attention . 

SPILLAGE DISPOSAL
PACKAGING & LABELLING
Ventilation. Cover the spilled material with earth or sand. Collect leaking and spilled liquid in covered containers as far as possible. Wash away remainder with plenty of water.   
EC Classification
 
UN Classification
 
GHS Classification
 

EMERGENCY RESPONSE SAFE STORAGE
NFPA Code: H1; F1; R0.  Separated from strong oxidants. Ventilation along the floor. 

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

Physical dangers
 

Chemical dangers
Decomposes on burning. This produces irritating fumes. Reacts with strong oxidants. This generates fire and explosion hazard. 

Occupational exposure limits
TLV: 10ppm as TWA; A4 (not classifiable as a human carcinogen); (ACGIH 2004). 

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

Inhalation risk
A harmful contamination of the air will be reached rather slowly on evaporation of this substance at 20°C; on spraying or dispersing, however, much faster. 

Effects of short-term exposure
The vapour is irritating to the eyes and respiratory tract. The substance may cause effects on the central nervous system. Exposure far above the OEL could cause unconsciousness. 

Effects of long-term or repeated exposure
The liquid defats the skin. The substance may have effects on the kidneys. 


PHYSICAL PROPERTIES ENVIRONMENTAL DATA
Boiling point: 212°C
Melting point: -51°C
Relative density (water = 1): 1.1
Solubility in water at 20°C: none
Vapour pressure, Pa at 25°C: 190
Relative vapour density (air = 1): 5.1
Relative density of the vapour/air-mixture at 20°C (air = 1): 1.01
Flash point: 90°C c.c.
Auto-ignition temperature: 460°C
Explosive limits, vol% in air: 0.9-8.4
Octanol/water partition coefficient as log Pow: 1.96  
 

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
 

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    See Also:
       Toxicological Abbreviations
       Benzyl acetate (FAO Nutrition Meetings Report Series 44a)
       Benzyl acetate (WHO Food Additives Series 26)
       Benzyl acetate (WHO Food Additives Series 32)
       Benzyl acetate (WHO Food Additives Series 37)
       BENZYL ACETATE (JECFA Evaluation)
       Benzyl Acetate  (IARC Summary & Evaluation, Volume 40, 1986)
       Benzyl Acetate  (IARC Summary & Evaluation, Volume 71, 1999)