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ε-Caprolactone is widely used as a monomer in the manufacturing of highly specialized polymers. It is mainly utilized as a precursor to caprolactam. It finds an application in the synthesis of polyglecaprone, which is used as a suture material in surgery.
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Hazard Statements: H315-H318-H335
Causes skin irritation. Causes serious eye damage. May cause respiratory irritation.
Precautionary Statements: P261-P280a-P305+P351+P338-P304+P340-P405-P501a
Avoid breathing dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray. Wear protective gloves and eye/face protection. IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing. IF INHALED: Remove to fresh air and keep at rest in a position comfortable for breathing. Store locked up. Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local/regional/national/international regulations.