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2-Phenoxyethanol is used as a solvent for cellulose acetate, inks and resins. It is also used as a fixative for perfumes, insect repellents and topical antiseptics. It is utilized as a surface active agent. It acts as an anesthetic in the aquaculture of some fish. Further, it is used as a preservative and cosmetic raw material. In addition to this, it is used in preparation of active pharmaceutical ingredients and dyes.
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Hazard Statements: H302-H319
Harmful if swallowed. Causes serious eye irritation.
Precautionary Statements: P280i-P264-P305+P351+P338-P301+P312a-P337+P313-P501a
Wear eye/face protection. Wash thoroughly after handling. IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing. IF SWALLOWED: If eye irritation persists: Get medical advice/attention. Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local/regional/national/international regulations.