Agent Name

Benzal chloride

CAS Number

98-87-3

Formula

C7-H6-Cl2

Major Category

Other Classes

Synonyms

(Dichloromethyl)benzene; Benzene, (dichloromethyl)-; Benzyl dichloride; Benzylene chloride; Benzylidene chloride; Chlorobenzal; Chlorure de benzylidene [French]; Cloruro de bencilideno [Spanish]; Dichlorophenylmethane; Toluene, alpha,alpha-dichloro-; alpha,alpha-Dichlorotoluene; [ChemIDplus] UN1886

Category

Halogenated Monoaromatics

Description

Very refractive liquid; fumes in air; pungent odor; [Merck Index] Colorless liquid; [MSDSonline]

Sources/Uses

Used in dyes and to make benzaldehyde and cinnamic acid; [Hawley]

Comments

A severe skin, eye, and respiratory tract irritant; [ICSC] Strong lachrymator; [HSDB] An irritant; Harmful if swallowed; Toxic by inhalation; May cause serious eye damage; Causes general anesthesia in animal experiments; [MSDSonline]

Exposure Assessment
Vapor Pressure

0.47 mm Hg

Lethal Concentration

LC50 (rat) = 61 ppm/2h

Explanatory Notes

Flash point = 93 deg C; [ICSC]

Adverse Effects
Lacrimator

Yes

Neurotoxin

CNS Solvent Syndrome

IARC Carcinogen

Probable Carcinogen

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