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Tetrahydrofuran is used as a solvent in Grignard reagent formation processes, pharmaceutical steroids and in the preparation of organometallic reagents. It is used for HPLC, spectrophotometry and environmental testing. It is used as a resin solvent in flexographic inks for plastics coating deposition for audio and video tapes. It is used in PVC and CPVC pipe cements, polyurethane coatings and in PVC film castings.
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Hazard Statements: H225-H302-H333-H319-H351-H335
Highly flammable liquid and vapour. Harmful if swallowed. May be harmful if inhaled. Causes serious eye irritation. Suspected of causing cancer. May cause respiratory irritation.
Precautionary Statements: P210-P201-P303+P361+P353-P305+P351+P338-P405-P501a
Keep away from heat/sparks/open flames/hot surfaces. - No smoking. Obtain special instructions before use. 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.