Agent Name

Perfluorooctanoic acid

CAS Number

335-67-1

Formula

C8-H-F15-O2

Major Category

Other Classes

Synonyms

PFOA; Pentadecafluoro-1-octanoic acid; Pentadecafluoro-n-octanoic acid; Pentadecafluorooctanoic acid; Perfluorocaprylic acid; Perfluoroctanoic acid; Perfluoroheptanecarboxylic acid; Octanoic acid, 2,2,3,3,4,4,5,5,6,6,7,7,8,8,8-pentadecafluoro-; Octanoic acid, pentadecafluoro-; [ChemIDplus] UN3261

Category

Perfluoroalkyl Acids

Description

White solid with pungent odor; [ICSC] White or cream crystalline solid; [MSDSonline]

Sources/Uses

Used to produce fire-fighting applications, cosmetics, greases, lubricants, paints, polishes, and adhesives; [HSDB]

Comments

Danger of cutaneous absorption; [MAK] A skin, eye, and respiratory tract irritant; [ICSC] A corrosive substance that can cause injury to the skin, eyes, and respiratory tract; Inhalation may cause chemical pneumonitis; [MSDSonline] See "Perfluorobutyric acid." See "Perfluorooctane sulfonic acid."

Reference Link

Thirty years of medical surveillance in perfluooctanoic acid production workers.

Exposure Assessment
MAK

0.005 mg/m3, inhalable fraction

Vapor Pressure

0.15 mm Hg

Explanatory Notes

The Guide in the Emergency Response Guidebook is for "Corrosive solid, acidic, organic, n.o.s." MAK value applies to Perfluorooctanoic acid and its inorganic salts;

Adverse Effects
Toxic Pneumonitis

Yes

Dermatotoxin

Skin Burns

IARC Carcinogen

Possible Carcinogen

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