Agent Name

Acetic acid, hexyl ester

Alternative Name

Hexyl acetate

CAS Number

142-92-7

Formula

C8-H16-O2

Major Category

Solvents

Synonyms

1-Hexyl acetate; Hexyl acetate (natural); Hexyl alcohol, acetate; Hexyl ethanoate; Hexylester kyseliny octove [Czech]; n-Hexyl acetate; n-Hexyl ethanoate; [ChemIDplus] UN3272

Category

Esters (<C12)

Description

Colorless liquid with a sweet fruity odor; [HSDB]

Sources/Uses

Used as a solvent for cellulose esters, cellulose, styrene, and phenolic resins; Also used as a spray base, flavoring agent, and fragrance for perfumes, soaps, detergents, and creams; [HSDB] Used as a propellant in aerosols; [CAMEO] Used as a leveling agent in paints; Occurs naturally in a number of fruits and alcoholic beverages; [CHEMINFO]

Comments

A mild eye irritant; [RTECS] Safe to use as a flavoring agent in food; [JECFA] Emergency treatment: "Irritants"; An eye and respiratory tract irritant; [HSDB] Inhalation of high concentrations can cause CNS depression; [CHEMINFO]

Exposure Assessment
Vapor Pressure

1.32 mm Hg

RD50

740 ppm

Explanatory Notes

Flash point = 45 deg C; [CHEMINFO] The Guide in the Emergency Response Guidebook is for "Esters, n.o.s."

Adverse Effects
Neurotoxin

CNS Solvent Syndrome

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