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o-Xylene is widely used in the production of phthalic anhydride. It is also used in fuels as well as fuel additives. It can be used in the production of isophthalic acid and terephthalic acid. It is utilized in polyvinyl chloride production, alkyl resin and unsaturated polyester resins. It is also used as a solvent in paint, varnish, glue, printing ink, dyes and in rubber.
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Sarafraz-Yazdi, A.; Zendegi-Shiraz, A.; Eshaghi, Z.; Hassanzadeh-Khayyat, M. Synthesis and characterization of composite polymer, polyethylene glycol grafted flower-like cupric nano oxide for solid phase microextraction of ultra-trace levels of benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene and o-xylene in human hair and water samples. J. Chromatogr. A 2015, 1418, 21-28.
Hazard Statements: H226-H312-H332-H315
Flammable liquid and vapour. Harmful in contact with skin. Harmful if inhaled. Causes skin irritation.
Precautionary Statements: P210-P261-P280-P303+P361+P353-P304+P340-P501a
Keep away from heat/sparks/open flames/hot surfaces. - No smoking. Avoid breathing dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray. Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection. IF ON SKIN (or hair): Remove/Take off immediately all contaminated clothing. Rinse skin with water/shower. IF INHALED: Remove to fresh air and keep at rest in a position comfortable for breathing. Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local/regional/national/international regulations.