Agent Name

4-Hydroxybenzyl alcohol

CAS Number

623-05-2

Formula

C7-H8-O2

Major Category

Other Classes

Synonyms

4-(Hydroxymethyl)phenol; 4-Hydroxybenzenemethanol; 4-Methylolphenol; alpha-Hydroxy-p-cresol; p-(Hydroxymethyl)phenol; p-Methylolphenol; Benzenemethanol, 4-hydroxy-; Benzyl alcohol, p-hydroxy- (8CI); p-Hydroxybenzyl alcohol; [ChemIDplus] (4-Hydroxyphenyl)methanol; [JECFA]

Category

Phenols

Description

White to cream crystalline powder; [Alfa Aesar MSDS]

Sources/Uses

Used as a flavoring agent; [FDA]

Comments

Causes other degenerative changes to brain and effects on other enzymes in acute intraperitoneal studies of mice; Human dermal administration causes allergic dermatitis and cutaneous sensitization in 2-day studies; [RTECS] Safe when used as a flavoring agent in food; [JECFA] A skin and strong eye irritant; [Alfa Aesar MSDS]

Reference Link

Sensitizing capacity of 2-methylol phenol, 4-methylol phenol and 2,4,6-trimethylol phenol in the guinea pig.

Exposure Assessment
Vapor Pressure

0.000825 mm Hg

Adverse Effects
Skin Sensitizer

Yes

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