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Perfluorooctanoic acid is used as a surfactant in the emulsion polymerization of fluoropolymers. It is used in fabrics and leather and in the production of floor waxes and waxed papers. The compound is also used in insulators for electric wires, planar etching of fused silica and fire fighting foam.
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Hiroshi Moriwaki; Youichi Takagi; Masanobu Tanaka; Kenshiro Tsuruho; Kenji Okitsu andYasuaki Maeda. Sonochemical Decomposition of Perfluorooctane Sulfonate and Perfluorooctanoic Acid.Environ. Sci. Technol.2005, 39 (9), 3388-3392.
Hazard Statements: H302-H332-H318-H351-H360-H362-H372
Harmful if swallowed. Harmful if inhaled. Causes serious eye damage. Suspected of causing cancer. May damage fertility or the unborn child. May cause harm to breast-fed children. Causes damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure.
Precautionary Statements: P263-P260u-P201-P305+P351+P338-P405-P501a
Avoid contact during pregnancy/while nursing. Do not breathe dusts or mists. Obtain special instructions before use. IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing. Store locked up. Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local/regional/national/international regulations.