Agent Name

Dimethylol urea

CAS Number

140-95-4

Formula

C3-H8-N2-O3

Major Category

Other Uses

Synonyms

1,3-Bis(hydroxymethyl)harnstoff; 1,3-Dimethylolurea; CSI Paste; Carbamol; Caurite; DMU; Dimethylolurea; Finish EN; Kaurit S; Knittex ASL; Methural; Metural; N,N'-Bis(hydroxymethyl)urea; N,N'-Dihydroxymethylurea; N,N'-Dimethylolurea; Oxymethurea; Papirol J 001; Permafresh 477; Protesine DMU; Ureol P; Urofix;Urea, 1,3-bis(hydroxymethyl)- (8CI); Urea, N,N'-bis(hydroxymethyl)-; [ChemIDplus]

Category

Biocides/Disinfectants

Sources/Uses

Used in the production of urea-formaldehyde resins and as a textile finish; [Kanerva, p. 405]

Comments

A formaldehyde releaser, dimethylol urea can cause allergic contact dermatitis in workers handling "durable press chemical finishes" used on fabrics for wrinkle resistance; Cases were reported in the 1950s before the textile industry started using finishes releasing less formaldehyde; [Kanerva, p. 397-408]

Exposure Assessment
Vapor Pressure

3.99E-6 mm Hg

Adverse Effects
Skin Sensitizer

Yes

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