What are trichlorobenzene and tetrachloroethylene used for?
Would they have been used in a dry cleaners? For what? How about in a small print shop or sign-making shop? Are they dangerous? What other name might they be known by?
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Uses of Trichlorobenzene:
1,2,3 trichlorobenzene is used as an intermediate for the manufacture of pesticides (through
the production of 2,3,4 trichloronitrobenzene), as intermediate in several fine chemical products and particularly herbicides, pigments and dyes.
1,2,4 trichlorobenzene is used as an intermediate in several fine chemical products and particularly herbicides, pigments, dyes.
Both 1,2,3 and 1,2,4 trichlorobenzene are used as process solvents, dye carriers, dielectric fluid. They are also used as solvents in dielectric fluids, but this application has been stopped
Safety for Trichlorobemzene:
Eye Contact: Check for and remove any contact lenses. Do not use an eye ointment. Seek medical attention.
After contact with skin, wash immediately with plenty of water. Gently and thoroughly wash the contaminated skin
with running water and non-abrasive soap. Be particularly careful to clean folds, crevices, creases and groin.
Cover the irritated skin with an emollient. If irritation persists, seek medical attention. Wash contaminated
clothing before reusing.
Serious Skin Contact:
Wash with a disinfectant soap and cover the contaminated skin with an anti-bacterial cream. Seek immediate
Inhalation: Allow the victim to rest in a well ventilated area. Seek immediate medical attention.
Evacuate the victim to a safe area as soon as possible. Loosen tight clothing such as a collar, tie, belt or
waistband. If breathing is difficult, administer oxygen. If the victim is not breathing, perform mouth-to-mouth
resuscitation. Seek medical attention.
Do not induce vomiting. Examine the lips and mouth to ascertain whether the tissues are damaged, a possible
indication that the toxic material was ingested; the absence of such signs, however, is not conclusive. Loosen
tight clothing such as a collar, tie, belt or waistband. If the victim is not breathing, perform mouth-to-mouth
resuscitation. Seek immediate medical attention.
Serious Ingestion: Not available
Uses of Tetrachloroethylene:
Most tetrachloroethylene is consumed as a solvent used in dry cleaning. It is desirable because it dissolves many organic materials, it is volatile, highly stable, and nonflammable. Usually as a mixture with other chlorocarbons, it is also used to degrease metal parts in the automotive and other metalworking industries. It appears in a few consumer products including paint strippers and spot removers.
It is used as a solvent for proton NMR scans.
Precaustions for tetrachloroethylene:
Harmful if swallowed. May cause irritation. Avoid breathing vapors, or dusts. Use with adequate ventilation. Avoid contact with eyes, skin, and clothes. Wash thoroughly after handling. Keep container closed.
FIRST AID: SKIN: Remove contaminated clothing. Wash exposed area with soap and water. If symptoms persist, seek medical attention
EYES: Wash eyes with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes, lifting lids occasionally. Seek Medical Aid. INHALATION: Remove to fresh air. If not breathing, give artificial respiration. If breathing is difficult, give oxygen.
INGESTION: If swallowed, induce vomiting immediately after giving two glasses of water. Never give anything by mouth to an unconscious person.
It is used as a solvent for proton NMR scans.Source(s): Google...