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Phenylmercuric acetate serves as contraceptive gel and foam, injectable solution, skin disinfectant and in cosmetic products such as hair shampoos, mouthwashes and toothpastes. It is likewise used in preservative in canned paint, eye creams and drops. It acts as a catalyst in polyurethane systems. It is also used as a catalyst in the 3M tartan brand polyurethane flexible floors that were common in school gymnasiums. It acts as an antitranspirant, when applied to the plants leaves.
Chan, H.C.; Ko, T. Z.; Huang, C. H.; Guo, R. T. A Comeback of Hg-Derivatives in Protein Crystallography with Cys-Modification. ChemBioEng Rev. 2015, 2 (2), 133-140.
Chauhan, R.; Kociok-Köhn, G.; Trivedi, M.; Singh, S.; Kumar, A.; Amalanerkar, D. P. Phenylmercury(II) methylferrocenyldithiocarbamate-functionalized dye-sensitized solar cells with hydroxy as an anchoring group. J. Solid State Electrochem. 2015, 19 (3), 739-747.
Hazard Statements: H301-H314-H335-H372-H500
Toxic if swallowed. Causes severe skin burns and eye damage. May cause respiratory irritation. Causes damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure. May form combustible dust concentrations in air
Precautionary Statements: P260-P264b-P270-P271-P280-P303+P361+P353-P304+P340-P305+P351+P338-P310-P330-P331-P363-P501c
Do not breathe dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray. Wash face, hands and any exposed skin thoroughly after handling Do not eat, drink or smoke when using this product. Use only outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection. IF ON SKIN (or hair): Remove/Take off immediately all contaminated clothing. Rinse skin with water/shower. IF INHALED: Remove to fresh air and keep at rest in a position comfortable for breathing. IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing. Immediately call a POISON CENTER or doctor/physician. Rinse mouth. Do NOT induce vomiting. Wash contaminated clothing before reuse. Dispose of contents/ container to an approved waste disposal plant