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As a precursor to many materials and useful compounds. Its major uses involve its conversion to plastics or related materials. Phenol and its chemical derivatives are key for building polycarbonates, epoxies, Bakelite, nylon, detergents, and numerous pharmaceutical drugs.
Louis F. Fieser.An Indirect Method Of Studying The Oxidation-Reduction Potentials Of Unstable Systems, Including Those From The Phenols And Amines. J. Am. Chem. Soc.1930, 52(12),5204-5241
Hazard Statements: H301-H311-H331-H314-H341-H373
Toxic if swallowed. Toxic in contact with skin. Toxic if inhaled. Causes severe skin burns and eye damage. Suspected of causing genetic defects. May cause damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure.
Precautionary Statements: P260u-P301+P310a-P303+P361+P353-P305+P351+P338-P405-P501a
Do not breathe dusts or mists. IF SWALLOWED: Immediately call a POISON CENTER/doctor 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. Store locked up. Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local/regional/national/international regulations.