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Coal tar is used for constructing roads, electricity generation and coking. It has been used as topical medical treatment for psoriasis and dandruff and is formulated as a soap or ointment. It is also used for other types of rashes (such as eczema, atopic dermatitis, chronic exudative dermatitis). Coal tar has mild antiseptic and anti-inflammatory effects, and relieves itching. It is also absorbed into the skin cells and is thought to inhibit DNA replication in these cells. This slows down cell division and stops the cells from multiplying excessively. In turn, this reduces the thickening and scaling of the skin and clears up psoriasis plaques. It also finds its application in surface coatings and sealants. Also used as a fuel in open hearth furnaces in the steel industry
William. H. Goeckerman. Treatment Of Psoriasiscontinued Observations On The Use Of Crude Coal Tar And Ultraviolet Light.Arch Derm Syphilol.,1931, 24(3), 446-450.
Chorng H. Twu. An internally consistent correlation for predicting the critical properties and molecular weights of petroleum and coal-tar liquids.Fluid Phase Equilib.,1984, 16(2), 137-150.
Hazard Statements: H225-H319-H350
Highly flammable liquid and vapour. Causes serious eye irritation. May cause cancer.
Precautionary Statements: P201-P202-P210-P233-P240-P241-P242-P243-P264b-P280i-P281-P303+P361+P353-P305+P351+P338-P308+P313-P370+P378q-P501c
Obtain special instructions before use. Do not handle until all safety precautions have been read and understood. Keep away from heat/sparks/open flames/hot surfaces. - No smoking. Keep container tightly closed. Ground/bond container and receiving equipment. Use explosion-proof electrical/ventilating/lighting/ equipment. Use only non-sparking tools. Take precautionary measures against static discharge. Wash face, hands and any exposed skin thoroughly after handling Wear eye/face protection. Use personal protective equipment as required. IF ON SKIN (or hair): Remove/Take off immediately all contaminated clothing. Rinse skin with water/shower. IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing. IF exposed or concerned: Get medical advice/attention. In case of fire: Use CO2, dry chemical, or foam Dispose of contents/ container to an approved waste disposal plant