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Benzophenone is widely employed as a photo initiator in UV-curing applications such as inks, imaging and clear coatings in the printing industry. It acts as a UV blocker to prevent photo-degradation of the packaging polymers or its contents. It protects some products such as perfumes and soaps from ultraviolet light. It serves to manufacturers to package the product in clear glass or plastic.
For a review of the use of benzophenone as a triplet-sensitizer in photochemistry, see: Synthesis, 249 (1981).
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Hazard Statements: H351-H373-H500
Suspected of causing cancer. May cause damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure. May form combustible dust concentrations in air
Precautionary Statements: P201-P202-P260-P281-P308+P313-P501c
Obtain special instructions before use. Do not handle until all safety precautions have been read and understood. Do not breathe dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray. Use personal protective equipment as required. IF exposed or concerned: Get medical advice/attention. Dispose of contents/ container to an approved waste disposal plant