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PHENYLACETIC ACID
ICSC: 1260
Peer-Review Status: 04.06.2006 Validated
Benzeneacetic acid
Acetic acid, phenyl-
Phenylethanoic acid
2-Phenylacetic acid 
CAS #: 103-82-2 RTECS #: AJ2430000
EINECS #: 203-148-6
    Formula: C8H8O2 / C6H5CH2CO2H
Molecular mass: 136.1

TYPES OF
HAZARD /
EXPOSURE
ACUTE HAZARDS / SYMPTOMS      PREVENTION      FIRST AID / FIRE FIGHTING
FIRE Combustible.  NO open flames.  Use water spray, powder, foam, carbon dioxide. 
EXPLOSION      
 
EXPOSURE      
Inhalation Cough. Cough. Sore throat.  Use local exhaust or breathing protection.  Fresh air, rest. 
Skin Redness.  Protective gloves.  Rinse skin with plenty of water or shower. 
Eyes Redness. Pain.  Wear safety goggles.  First rinse with plenty of water for several minutes (remove contact lenses if easily possible), then refer for medical attention. 
Ingestion   Do not eat, drink, or smoke during work.  Rinse mouth. Give one or two glasses of water to drink. 

SPILLAGE DISPOSAL
PACKAGING & LABELLING
Personal protection: filter respirator for organic gases and particulates adapted to the airborne concentration of the substance. Do NOT let this chemical enter the environment. Sweep spilled substance into covered containers.   
EC Classification
 
UN Classification
 
GHS Classification
Signal: Warning
Causes mild skin irritation
Causes eye irritation
Harmful to aquatic life 

EMERGENCY RESPONSE SAFE STORAGE
  Separated from strong oxidants, strong bases and strong reducing agents. Store in an area without drain or sewer access. 

IMPORTANT DATA
Physical State; Appearance
WHITE-TO-YELLOW CRYSTALS OR FLAKES WITH PUNGENT ODOUR. 

Physical dangers
 

Chemical dangers
Decomposes on burning. This produces irritating fumes. The solution in water is a weak acid. Reacts with strong bases, strong oxidants and strong reducing agents. 

Occupational exposure limits
TLV (NOT-ESTABLISHED):. 

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 irritating to the eyes. The substance is mildly irritating to the skin. 

Effects of long-term or repeated exposure
 


PHYSICAL PROPERTIES ENVIRONMENTAL DATA
Boiling point: 265.5°C
Melting point: 76.5°C
Density (at 77°C): 1.09 g/cm³
Solubility in water, g/100ml at 20°C: 0.16
Vapour pressure at 20°C: negligible
Flash point: 132°C c.c.
Auto-ignition temperature: 543°C
Octanol/water partition coefficient as log Pow: 1.41  
The substance is harmful to aquatic organisms. 

NOTES
 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
 

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    See Also:
       Toxicological Abbreviations
       PHENYLACETIC ACID (JECFA Evaluation)