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BENZETHONIUM CHLORIDE
ICSC: 0387
Peer-Review Status: 04.03.2006 Validated
N,N-Dimethyl-N-(2-(2-(4-(1,1,3,3-tetramethylbutyl)phenoxy)ethoxy)ethyl) benzenemethanaminium chloride 
CAS #: 121-54-0 RTECS #: BO7175000
EINECS #: 204-479-9
    Formula: C27H42NO2.Cl
Molecular mass: 448.1

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, powder. 
EXPLOSION      
 
EXPOSURE      
Inhalation   Use ventilation (not if powder).  Fresh air, rest. 
Skin Redness. Pain.  Protective gloves.  Remove contaminated clothes. Rinse and then wash skin with water and soap. 
Eyes Redness. Blurred vision. Pain. Severe deep burns.  Wear safety goggles.  First rinse with plenty of water for several minutes (remove contact lenses if easily possible), then refer for medical attention. 
Ingestion Nausea. Vomiting. Diarrhoea. Convulsions. Shock or collapse.  Do not eat, drink, or smoke during work.  Rinse mouth. Give one or two glasses of water to drink. Refer for medical attention . 

SPILLAGE DISPOSAL
PACKAGING & LABELLING
Personal protection: particulate filter respirator adapted to the airborne concentration of the substance. Do NOT let this chemical enter the environment. Sweep spilled substance into covered containers. If appropriate, moisten first to prevent dusting. Carefully collect remainder. Then store and dispose of according to local regulations.   
EC Classification
 
UN Classification
 
GHS Classification
Signal: Danger
Harmful if swallowed
Causes skin irritation
Causes serious eye damage
Toxic to aquatic life 
excl mark;warncorr

EMERGENCY RESPONSE SAFE STORAGE
  Separated from food and feedstuffs. Store in an area without drain or sewer access. Dry. 

IMPORTANT DATA
Physical State; Appearance
COLOURLESS OR WHITE HYGROSCOPIC SOLID IN VARIOUS FORMS. 

Physical dangers
 

Chemical dangers
Decomposes on burning. This produces toxic and corrosive fumes including hydrogen chloride and nitrogen oxides. 

Occupational exposure limits
TLV (NOT-ESTABLISHED):. 

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

Inhalation risk
 

Effects of short-term exposure
The substance is corrosive to the eyes. The substance is irritating to the skin. 

Effects of long-term or repeated exposure
Repeated or prolonged contact with skin may cause dermatitis. 


PHYSICAL PROPERTIES ENVIRONMENTAL DATA
Melting point: 160-165°C
Solubility in water: very good
Octanol/water partition coefficient as log Pow: 4.0  
The substance is toxic to aquatic organisms. It is strongly advised not to let the chemical enter into the environment. 

NOTES
Card has been partially updated in August 2007: see GHS classification, Storage. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
 

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