Agent Name

Ethylmercuric chloride

CAS Number

107-27-7

Formula

C2-H5-Cl-Hg

Major Category

Metals

Synonyms

Ceresan; Chloroethylmercury; Cryptodine; EMC; Emcon D; Ethylmercury chloride; Ethylmerkurichlorid [Czech]; Ganozan; Granosan; Granozan; Mercury, chloroethyl-; [ChemIDplus] Criptodin; Cryptodin; Ethyl mercury chloride; Ethylmercury (II) chloride; Mercuriethyl chloride; Monoethylmercury chloride; [CAMEO] UN2025

Category

Metals, Organic Compounds

Description

White silvery solid; Insoluble in water; [Merck Index] Silver crystalline solid; Insoluble in water; [Alfa Aesar MSDS]

Sources/Uses

Used as a seed treatment fungicide; [Merck Index] Used as a polymerization catalyst; [NTP] No active pesticide product registrations in the US; [NPIRS]

Comments

Corrosive to skin; Chronic exposure may cause brain injury; Can be absorbed through skin; [Merck Index] Causes other degenerative changes to brain, other liver changes, weight loss, and changes in renal tubules in repeated-dose oral studies of rats; [RTECS] An irritant; Highly toxic by ingestion, inhalation, and skin absorption; May have cumulative adverse effects; Mutagenic and reproductive effects observed in experimental animals; [Alfa Aesar MSDS] See "Methylmercuric chloride." See "Mercury, alkyl compounds" and linked occupational diseases.

Exposure Assessment
Skin Designation (ACGIH)

Yes

TLV (ACGIH)

0.01 mg/m3, as Hg

STEL (ACGIH)

0.03 mg/m3, as Hg

PEL (OSHA)

0.01 mg/m3, as Hg, Ceiling(OSHA) = 0.04 mg/m3, as Hg

IDLH (NIOSH)

2 mg/m3, as Hg

Vapor Pressure

6.44 mm Hg

Lethal Concentration

LC50 (rat) = 689 mg/m3/4hr

Explanatory Notes

The Guide in the Emergency Response Guidebook is for "Mercury compound, solid, n.o.s."

Adverse Effects
Neurotoxin

Other CNS Neurotoxin

Nephrotoxin

Yes

Reproductive Toxin

Yes

Dermatotoxin

Skin Burns

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