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δ-Valerolactone is employed as a chemical intermediate in the synthesis of polymers. It is also used to synthesize the copolyesters by lipase-catalyzed ring opening polymerization.
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Hazard Statements: H318
Causes serious eye damage.
Precautionary Statements: P280-P305+P351+P338-P310
Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection. 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.