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Ethylbenzene is used as a solvent for rubber adhesives, varnishes, resins, paints and coatings. It acts as an intermediate in the preparation of styrene. It is also used as a fuel additive. It is added to gasoline as an anti-knock agent, thereby reducing engine knocking and increase the octane rating. In addition to this, it is used in natural gas recovery process.
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Hazard Statements: H225-H332-H373-H304
Highly flammable liquid and vapour. Harmful if inhaled. May cause damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure. May be fatal if swallowed and enters airways.
Precautionary Statements: P210-P260-P301+P310a-P303+P361+P353-P405-P501a
Keep away from heat/sparks/open flames/hot surfaces. - No smoking. Do not breathe dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray. IF SWALLOWED: Immediately call a POISON CENTER/doctor IF ON SKIN (or hair): Remove/Take off immediately all contaminated clothing. Rinse skin with water/shower. Store locked up. Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local/regional/national/international regulations.