Agent Name

Phenylmercuric chloride

CAS Number

100-56-1

Formula

C6-H5-Cl-Hg

Major Category

Metals

Synonyms

(Chloromercuri)benzene; Agrenal; Agronal; Benzene, (chloromercurio)-; Chlorid fenylrtutnaty [Czech]; Chlorophenylmercury; Fenylmercurichlorid [Czech]; Hexason; Hexasonum (base); Mercuriphenyl chloride; Mercutal; Merfazin; Mersolite 2; Monophenylmercury chloride; PMC; PMC (fungicide); Phenyl chloromercury; Phenylmercury chloride; Phenylquecksilberchlorid [German]; Stopspot; [ChemIDplus] UN2026

Category

Metals, Organic Compounds

Description

White solid; [Merck Index] White powder; [MSDSonline]

Sources/Uses

Used formerly as antimycotic, antisyphilitic, diuretic, agricultural fungicide, antiseptic, and germicide; Not currently registered with the EPA for use in the US; [HSDB]

Comments

Concentrated solution may cause second degree burns; Oral LD50 (rat) = 60 mg/kg; [HSDB] An irritant; Can be absorbed through skin; [MSDSonline] See "Mercury, aryl compounds" and the linked occupational disease.

Restricted

Use in paints as a biocide was discontinued in 1991 in the US; [HSDB]

Exposure Assessment
Skin Designation (ACGIH)

Yes

TLV (ACGIH)

0.1 mg/m3, as Hg

PEL (OSHA)

0.1 mg/m3, as Hg

IDLH (NIOSH)

10 mg/m3, as Hg

Vapor Pressure

0.02 mm Hg

Explanatory Notes

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

Adverse Effects
Neurotoxin

Sensorimotor Neuropathy

Reproductive Toxin

Yes

Dermatotoxin

Skin Burns

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