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o-Cresol is mainly used as a precursor to other compounds. Kolbe-Schmitt carboxylation gives o-cresotinic acid, a pharmaceutical intermediate. The muscle relaxant Mephenesin is an ether derived from o-cresol. Used as adhesives and sealant chemicals, fuels and fuel additives, intermediates, Solvents, Paints and coatings.
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Hua-Wei Chen,; Young Ku,; Agus Irawan. Photodecomposition of o-cresol by UV-LED/TiO2 process with controlled periodic illumination. Chemosphere. 2007, 69 (2), 184-190.
Hazard Statements: H227-H301-H311-H314-H335
Combustible liquid. Toxic if swallowed. Toxic in contact with skin. Causes severe skin burns and eye damage. May cause respiratory irritation.
Precautionary Statements: P210-P235-P260-P264b-P270-P271-P280-P303+P361+P353-P304+P340-P305+P351+P338-P310-P330-P331-P363-P370+P378q-P501c
Keep away from heat/sparks/open flames/hot surfaces. - No smoking. Keep cool. Do not breathe dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray. Wash face, hands and any exposed skin thoroughly after handling Do not eat, drink or smoke when using this product. Use only outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. 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. IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing. Immediately call a POISON CENTER or doctor/physician. Rinse mouth. Do NOT induce vomiting. Wash contaminated clothing before reuse. In case of fire: Use CO2, dry chemical, or foam Dispose of contents/ container to an approved waste disposal plant