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Trichloroethylene is used as household cleaner, with trichloroethane it is used in most typewriter correction fluid. It is also used in wool-fabric scouring, as extractant for spice oleoresins. Intermediate in the production of pentachloroethane
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D L Freedman.; J M Gossett. Biological reductive dechlorination of tetrachloroethylene and trichloroethylene to ethylene under methanogenic conditions. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 1985, 55 (9), 2144-2151.
Hazard Statements: H315-H317-H319-H336-H341-H350-H373
Causes skin irritation. May cause an allergic skin reaction. Causes serious eye irritation. May cause drowsiness or dizziness. Suspected of causing genetic defects. May cause cancer. May cause damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure.
Precautionary Statements: P201-P202-P260-P264b-P271-P272-P280-P281-P302+P352-P304+P340-P305+P351+P338-P308+P313-P333+P313-P362-P501c
Obtain special instructions before use. Do not handle until all safety precautions have been read and understood. Do not breathe dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray. Wash face, hands and any exposed skin thoroughly after handling Use only outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. Contaminated work clothing should not be allowed out of the workplace. Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection. Use personal protective equipment as required. IF ON SKIN: Wash with plenty of soap and water. 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. IF exposed or concerned: Get medical advice/attention. If skin irritation or rash occurs: Take off contaminated clothing and wash before reuse. Dispose of contents/ container to an approved waste disposal plant