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It is a useful intermediate in the preparation of optically active α-hydroxyl carboxylic acids, α-hydroxyl aldehydes, α-hydroxy ketones, and 2-amino alcohols.
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Hazard Statements: H301-H315-H318
Toxic if swallowed. Causes skin irritation. Causes serious eye damage.
Precautionary Statements: P280a-P301+P310a-P305+P351+P338-P321-P405-P501a
Wear protective gloves and eye/face protection. IF SWALLOWED: Immediately call a POISON CENTER/doctor IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing. Specific treatment (see label). Store locked up. Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local/regional/national/international regulations.