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CHEMINFO Record Number: 586
CCOHS Chemical Name: Maleic anhydride molten liquid

cis-Butenedioic anhydride
Maleic acid anhydride
Toxilic anhydride
Maleic anhydride (non-specific name)
Anhydride maléique (état vitreux)

Chemical Name French: Anhydride maléique
Chemical Name Spanish: Anhídrido maleico
CAS Registry Number: 108-31-6
UN/NA Number(s): 2215
RTECS Number(s): ON3675000
EU EINECS/ELINCS Number: 203-571-6
Chemical Family: Unsaturated aliphatic carboxylic acid anhydride / alkenoic acid anhydride / alkene dioic acid anhydride
Molecular Formula: C4-H2-O3
Structural Formula: -C(=O)-CH=CH-C(=O)-O- (cyclic structure)


Appearance and Odour:
Colourless, molten liquid with an irritating, acrid, choking odour.(26,29)

Odour Threshold:
Reported values are not reliable. Range of referenced values: 0.25-0.32 ppm (1.0-1.3 mg/m3) (minimum perceptible value).(30) Also reported as 0.3-0.5 ppm (1.3-2.0 mg/m3) (method not given) (29)

Warning Properties:
NOT RELIABLE - reported odour threshold values are not reliable and are about the same magnitude as the TLV. There may be mild eye or respiratory tract irritation at 1-1.5 mg/m3 (0.25-0.38 ppm).(5,25)

Maleic anhydride (MA) may contain 0.5% maleic or fumaric acid, as well as residual water, small amounts of iron (5 ppm) and ash (10 ppm). It may be shipped either as a solid or as a molten liquid.(29,31-33) This record addresses the hazards and control measures for the molten liquid which would typically be maintained at temperatures of 57 to 71 deg C.(31) Refer to CHEMINFO 551 for information on solid maleic anhydride.

Uses and Occurrences:
Its major use is in the manufacture of resins, especially unsaturated polyester resins and alkyd resins. It is also used in the production of various plastic additives and plasticizers; in the synthesis of malic and fumaric acids; in the manufacture of lubricating oil, petroleum and lubricant additives; in the manufacture of maleic copolymers, emulsifiers, dispersants, stabilizing agents, agricultural products and textile chemicals; used to modify the performance of various natural (soya and linseed) and synthetic drying oils; as a modifying agent in rubber compounds; in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals, antiseptics, bactericides, wetting agents and surfactants; in the production of aspartame; and as a preservative for oils and fats.(29,31,33)


Colourless, molten liquid with an irritating, acrid, choking odour. Can burn if strongly heated. TOXIC. Harmful if swallowed. Irritating to the respiratory tract. May cause lung injury--effects may be delayed. RESPIRATORY SENSITIZER. May cause severe allergic respiratory reaction. CORROSIVE to the eyes and skin. Can cause permanent eye damage, including blindness, or permanent scarring of the skin. SKIN SENSITIZER. May cause allergic skin reaction. Can cause thermal burns due to the high temperature.


Effects of Short-Term (Acute) Exposure

Molten maleic anhydride produces extremely corrosive vapours and fumes. The vapours and fumes can cause severe irritation of the nose, throat, and upper airways, based on human information. Coughing, sneezing, shortness of breath, nosebleeds and vomiting may occur, depending on the severity of exposure.(1) A life-threatening accumulation of fluid in the lungs (pulmonary edema) can result.(2,3) Symptoms of pulmonary edema, such as shortness of breath and difficulty breathing, can be delayed for several hours after exposure.
Irritation of the nose, throat and upper airways, with symptoms, such as cough, irritation and a burning sensation in the airways, shortness of breath and vomiting, have been reported following occupational exposure to vapours from heated maleic anhydride.(4) In one study, airborne concentrations as low as 1-1.5 mg/m3 (vapour/aerosol mixture) caused minimal irritation of the upper respiratory tract in 12 volunteers. At 8-11 mg/m3, strong irritation of the nose, throat, and upper respiratory tract were experienced, with symptoms of severe coughing and a burning sensation in the throat.(5)
Some people can develop an allergic sensitivity to maleic anhydride. Refer to "Effects of Chronic (Long-Term) Exposure" for more information.

Skin Contact:
Molten maleic anhydride is normally used in closed processes and skin contact would not be expected. However, if contact with the hot, molten liquid did occur, thermal burns would result. The severity of injury will depend upon the temperature of the material and the extent of contact. In serious cases, permanent scarring or death could result. The possibility of significant inhalation injury should also be considered following any skin contact.
Following contact with moisture or water, maleic anhydride forms corrosive maleic acid which can cause severe irritation, burns, and permanent scarring.
Maleic anhydride may cause an allergic skin reaction in some individuals. Refer to "Effects of Long-Term (Chronic) Exposure" for information.
Maleic anhydride may be absorbed through the skin, but is not likely to cause toxic effects by this route of exposure, based on animal information.

Eye Contact:
Molten maleic anhydride is normally used in closed processes and eye contact would not be expected. However, if contact with the hot molten liquid did occur, thermal burns would result. The severity of injury will depend upon the temperature of the material and the extent of contact. In serious cases, blindness or other permanent eye damage could result. The possibility of significant inhalation injury should also be considered following eye contact.
Following contact with moisture or water, maleic anhydride forms corrosive maleic acid and can cause severe irritation or corneal burns, and, in some cases, blindness. Vapours and fumes can produce redness, irritation, blurred vision and burning sensation, based on animal and human information.
Cases of eye irritation (with pain, tearing, blurring of vision) and burns have been reported in occupational settings following contact with solutions or exposure to airborne vapours.(1,4,6,7) The minimal airborne concentration of maleic anhydride which caused irritation of the eyes in 12 volunteers was 1-1.5 mg/m3, with severe irritation at 8-11 mg/m3.(5) Another report indicates that maleic anhydride has caused loss of vision or very slow healing corneal burns following industrial exposure. No details on the type of exposures are provided.(8)

Ingestion of the hot, molten liquid would not be expected.

Effects of Long-Term (Chronic) Exposure

Respiratory Sensitization:
Exposure to vapours or fumes may cause allergic respiratory sensitization. Sensitized people can experience symptoms of bronchial asthma (wheezing, sneezing, runny nose or difficult breathing) at low airborne concentrations which have no effect on non-sensitized people.
Evidence that maleic anhydride can cause work-related asthma is provided by six cases in which bronchial challenge testing demonstrated that it was likely to have been the inducing agent. Supporting evidence is provided by its close relationship to phthalic anhydride and trimellitic anhydride, both for which there is a substantial body of information indicating a causal association with asthma. (41)
A number of case reports (up to 14) of occupational asthma associated with maleic anhydride exposure were located in the literature.(3,10-15) In most cases, previous history of allergies was not discussed.(14) Several of the cases showed a positive response in inhalation challenge testing.(11,14,15)

Repeated exposure to the vapour or fumes may cause symptoms such as drying, redness or itching of the skin (dermatitis).(9)

Skin Sensitization:
Repeated or prolonged skin contact with maleic anhydride may cause an allergic skin sensitization based on animal and limited human information. Once a person is sensitized to a material, contact with even a small amount causes outbreaks of dermatitis with symptoms such as skin redness, itching, rash and swelling. This can spread from the hands or arms to other parts of the body.
A 32-year old non-atopic operator presented with chronic irritation of the nose and eyes, shortness of breath, and hives. He was occupationally exposed to maleic anhydride, as well as several other chemicals including other anhydrides. Patch testing showed positive results to maleic anhydride. It was concluded that the man had occupational skin sensitization due to maleic anhydride. Following removal from exposure, he was symptomless.(43)
Two positive patch tests to maleic anhydride were reported among 190 ceramics enamellers and decorators occupationally exposed to maleic anhydride and other potential skin sensitizers used in the industry. These same authors reported 3 positive patch tests to maleic anhydride in a previous evaluation performed on ceramics workers. It is not clear if the workers who tested positive to maleic anhydride actually had symptoms of skin sensitization or prior exposure specifically to maleic anhydride. Previous history of allergies was not discussed.(15) This study provides limited evidence of the skin sensitizing potential of maleic anhydride. The results are provided in tabular form and it is not clear that the individuals showing a positive test result specifically had prior exposure to maleic anhydride or were showing symptoms of skin sensitization.
Other cases of allergic contact dermatitis have been reported among individuals exposed to materials containing maleic anhydride. However, exposure to other potential allergens may have been responsible for the effect.(2)

EYE CONTACT: Symptoms of chronic eye irritation with swelling and pain in the cornea (keratitis) may develop after years of exposure to this anhydride.(3, unconfirmed)

Blood/Blood Forming System:
A single case report describes a man who developed hemolytic anemia following occupational exposure to maleic anhydride.(10) The details of this case were questioned in a subsequent article.(11) It is not possible to conclude that maleic anhydride causes anemia, based on this very limited information.


One animal study did not show any effects which could be related to maleic anhydride exposure. There is no human information available.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has not evaluated the carcinogenicity of this chemical.

The American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) has designated this chemical as not classifiable as a human carcinogen (A4).

The US National Toxicology Program (NTP) has not listed this chemical in its report on carcinogens.

Teratogenicity and Embryotoxicity:
Maleic anhydride was not teratogenic in one animal study, even in the presence of maternal toxicity. There is no human information available.

Reproductive Toxicity:
No harmful effects on male or female fertility were observed in an animal study. There is no human information available.

A positive result was obtained in a test using cultured mammalian cells. Negative results were obtained in bacterial tests. There is no human information available.

Toxicologically Synergistic Materials:
There is no information available.

Potential for Accumulation:
Maleic anhydride does not accumulate in the body. It is a reactive chemical and decomposes rapidly in contact with water or tissue to form maleic acid. Maleic acid is not expected to accumulate in the body, based on information for related aliphatic carboxylic acids. Acid anhydrides are excreted in the urine as the corresponding dicarboxylic acids.(17)


Take proper precautions to ensure your own safety before attempting rescue; e.g. wear appropriate protective equipment, use the "buddy" system. Remove source of contamination or move victim to fresh air. If breathing is difficult, oxygen may be beneficial if administered by a trained personnel, preferably on a doctor's advice. DO NOT allow victim to move about unnecessarily. Symptoms of pulmonary edema can be delayed up to 48 hours after exposure. Immediately transport victim to an emergency care facility.

Skin Contact:
Avoid direct contact with this chemical. Wear chemical and thermal resistant protective gloves, if necessary. As quickly as possible, flush contaminated area with large volumes of lukewarm, gently flowing water until the material has cooled and solidified. Do not remove solidified material, contaminated clothing, shoes, or leather goods (e.g. watchbands, belts). Transport victim to an emergency care facility immediately. Discard contaminated clothing, shoes and leather goods.

Eye Contact:
Avoid direct contact with this chemical. Wear chemical and thermal resistant protective gloves. Immediately flush the contaminated eye(s) with large volumes of lukewarm, gently flowing water until the material has cooled and solidified, while holding the eyelid(s) open. Take care not to rinse contaminated water into the non-affected eye or onto the face. Quickly transport victim to an emergency care facility.

Not applicable to molten liquids.

First Aid Comments:
Provide general supportive measures (comfort, warmth, rest).
The possibility of significant inhalation injury should also be considered following skin or eye contact. Consult a doctor and/or the nearest Poison Control Centre for all exposures.
Some recommendations in the above sections may be considered medical acts in some jurisdictions. These recommendations should be reviewed with a doctor and appropriate delegation of authority obtained, as required.
All first aid procedures should be periodically reviewed by a doctor familiar with the material and its conditions of use in the workplace.


Flash Point:
102 deg C (215 deg F) (closed cup) (29,34)

Lower Flammable (Explosive) Limit (LFL/LEL):
1.4% (29,34)

Upper Flammable (Explosive) Limit (UFL/UEL):
7.1% (29,34)

Autoignition (Ignition) Temperature:
477 deg C (890 deg F) (34)

Sensitivity to Mechanical Impact:
Probably not sensitive. Stable material.

Sensitivity to Static Charge:
Information not available.

Combustion and Thermal Decomposition Products:
Acetylene.(33,35) Incomplete combustion may also produce acrid smoke and irritating fumes.(29)

Fire Hazard Summary:
Molten maleic anhydride can burn if strongly heated. During a fire, irritating/toxic gases and fumes may be generated. The presence of certain contaminants may cause containers to rupture violently when exposed to fire or excessive heat. Refer to "Incompatibility - Materials to Avoid" below for additional information.

Extinguishing Media:
Carbon dioxide, alcohol foam, water spray or fog.(29,34,35) Do not use dry chemical powder extinguishers on burning maleic anhydride. These extinguishers contain sodium or potassium carbonates which react violently with maleic anhydride.(31,35)

Fire Fighting Instructions:
Evacuate area and fight fire from a safe distance or a protected location. Approach fire from upwind to avoid toxic decomposition products.
Water or foam may cause frothing. The frothing may be violent and could endanger personnel close to the fire. However, a water spray or fog that is carefully applied to the surface of the burning material, preferably with a fine spray or fog nozzle, will cause frothing that will blanket and extinguish the fire. In addition, water spray or fog can be used to prevent dust formation and protect exposed material.
Closed containers may rupture violently when exposed to the heat of the fire. If possible, isolate materials not yet involved in the fire, and move containers from the fire area if this can be done without risk, and protect personnel. Otherwise, fire-exposed containers or tanks should be cooled by application of water spray. Application should begin as soon as possible and should concentrate on any unwetted portions of the container. Apply water from the side and from a safe distance until well after the fire is out. Water spray may be used to flush spills away from ignition sources. Solid streams of water may be ineffective and spread material.
Maleic anhydride and its decomposition products may be hazardous to health. Do not enter without wearing specialized protective equipment suitable for the situation. Firefighter's normal protective equipment (Bunker Gear) will not provide adequate protection. Chemical resistant clothing (e.g. chemical splash suit) and positive pressure self-contained breathing apparatus (MSHA/NIOSH approved or equivalent) may be necessary.


NFPA - Health: 3 - Short exposure could cause serious temporary or residual injury.
NFPA - Flammability: 1 - Must be preheated before ignition can occur.
NFPA - Instability: 1 - Normally stable, but can become unstable at elevated temperatures and pressures, or may react vigorously, but non-violently with water.


Molecular Weight: 98.06

Conversion Factor:
1 ppm = 4.0 mg/m3; 1 mg/m3 = 0.25 ppm at 25 deg C (calculated)

Physical State: Solid
Melting Point: POINT OF SOLIDIFICATION: 53 deg C (127 deg F) (31,33)
Boiling Point: 202 deg C (396 deg F) (31,32,33)
Relative Density (Specific Gravity): 1.3 at 70 deg C (31,33)
Solubility in Water: Soluble (16.3 g/100 g at 30 deg C) (reacts slowly to form maleic acid) (26,29,31,33)
Solubility in Other Liquids: Very soluble in acetone and ethyl acetate; soluble in benzene, chloroform, diethyl ether, toluene, o-xylene and dioxane; slightly soluble in carbon tetrachloride and kerosene.(9,29,33) Soluble in alcohols with ester formation.(9,26,32)
Coefficient of Oil/Water Distribution (Partition Coefficient): Not available
pH Value: 2.42 (0.01 M solution); 2.62 (0.005 M); 3.10 (0.0001 M) (33)
Viscosity-Dynamic: 1.61 mPa.s (1.61 centipoise) at 60 deg C (31)
Vapour Density: 3.38 (air = 1) (31,33)
Vapour Pressure: 0.667 kPa (5 mm Hg) at 63.4 deg C (29,31,33)
Saturation Vapour Concentration: Approximately 6600 ppm (0.66%) at 63.4 deg C (calculated)
Evaporation Rate: Not available


Normally stable. Reacts with water, including moisture in the air, to form corrosive maleic acid.(29,31,33)

Hazardous Polymerization:
Does not polymerize on its own. Hazardous co-polymerization reactions can occur, for example, when mixed with olefins (unsaturated aliphatic hydrocarbons) and a catalyst.(29)

Incompatibility - Materials to Avoid:

NOTE: Chemical reactions that could result in a hazardous situation (e.g. generation of flammable or toxic chemicals, fire or detonation) are listed here. Many of these reactions can be done safely if specific control measures (e.g. cooling of the reaction) are in place. Although not intended to be complete, an overview of important reactions involving common chemicals is provided to assist in the development of safe work practices.

STRONG OXIDIZING AGENTS (e.g. perchlorates, peroxides, chromates, sodium hypochlorite) - may react violently or explosively. Increased risk of fire and explosion.(29,33,35,36)
WATER - reacts rapidly producing heat, frothing and generation of vapours. Forms maleic acid.(29,33,35)
ALKALI METALS (e.g. sodium or potassium), ALKALIS (e.g. sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide), ALKALINE EARTH METALS (e.g. calcium, magnesium or barium), ALKALINE EARTH HYDROXIDES (e.g. calcium hydroxide), AMINES (e.g. dimethylamine, triethylamine), PYRIDINE, QUINOLINE, SODIUM OR POTASSIUM CARBONATES, AQUEOUS AMMONIA, AMMONIUM HYDROXIDE or AMMONIUM SALTS - at temperatures above 150 deg C, mixtures can react producing carbon dioxide, heat and pressure. Under these conditions, a mixture may be explosive. Small amounts as low as 200 ppm of the above chemicals are sufficient to start the decomposition.(29,31,33,35,37)
OLEFINS (e.g. ethylene, propylene or diethylene) and CATALYSTS - mixtures can undergo uncontrolled co-polymerization.(29)
STRONG REDUCING AGENTS (e.g. phosphorus, tin (II) chloride, metal hydrides) - may react vigorously or violently. Increased risk of fire.(35)
ALCOHOLS - react to form esters.(9,32)

Hazardous Decomposition Products:
Not available

Conditions to Avoid:
Heat, sparks, and other ignition sources; water or moisture.

Corrosivity to Metals:
Dry maleic anhydride is not corrosive. In contact with water, it is corrosive to metals such as cast iron, mild steel and zinc. It is not corrosive to types 304 and 316 stainless steels.(31,33)


LD50 (oral, rat): 400 mg/kg (18, unconfirmed); 625 mg/kg (19); 900 mg/kg (in water) (20); 1050 mg/kg (in corn oil) (20)
LD50 (oral, mouse): 465 mg/kg (21)
LD50 (oral, guinea pig): 390 mg/kg (19)
LD50 (oral, rabbit): 875 mg/Kg (19)

LD50 (dermal, rabbit): Greater than 631 mg/kg (40% suspension in corn oil) (20); greater than 398 mg/kg (40% solution in water) (20); 2620 mg/kg (21)

Eye Irritation:

Maleic anhydride, in solid form or solution, is corrosive.(6,8,20)

Evidence of eye irritation was observed in monkeys, rats and hamsters exposed to 1, 3 or 10 mg/m3 maleic anhydride vapour for 6 months, with the severity of the effect increasing with the airborne concentration.(23)

Skin Irritation:

Maleic anhydride, in solid form or solution, is corrosive.(20,24)

Effects of Short-Term (Acute) Exposure:

No significant harmful effects were observed in rats following oral administration of 85 mg/kg/day for 20 days. Dosed animals were less active than those not exposed.(21)

Effects of Long-Term (Chronic) Exposure:

Irritation of the nose and upper airways and decreased weight gain have been observed in experimental animals exposed to relatively low vapour and aerosol concentrations.

Reversible nose irritation was observed in rats, hamsters and monkeys exposed to 1.1, 3.3 or 9.8 mg/m3 vapour for 6 months. Some animals developed difficult breathing, coughing or sneezing.(23) In another study, inflammation of the nose and upper airways and a delay in weight gain were observed in rats exposed to 0.8 mg/m3 of a vapour/aerosol mixture for 70 days. A slight delay in body weight gain was observed with exposure to 0.34 mg/m3. No harmful effects were observed at 0.03 mg/m3. Some changes in blood composition were also noted in this study, however the significance of these effects is not clear.(25) A decrease in red blood cell count was observed in rats fed 10, 32 or 100 mg/kg/day for 2 years.(26)

Skin Sensitization:
Clear evidence of skin sensitization has been demonstrated in 3 well-conducted tests.
In the Guinea Pig Maximization Test (with an adjuvant), guinea pigs were induced with 0, 1, 10, 100, 1000 or 10(4) ppm maleic anhydride, then challenged with 10(4) or 10(5) ppm. Positive results were obtained in 3/5 animals with the 1 ppm induction and 10(5) ppm challenge; 3/5 animals with the 10 ppm induction and 10(4) ppm challenge and in 5/5 animals for all higher induction and challenge doses. Challenge doses were pre-tested to be maximal non-irritating concentrations. Rechallenge results were similar. In the Buehler Test, guinea pigs were induced with 0, 10(4), 10(5) or 5x10(5) ppm maleic anhydride, then challenged with 10(4) or 10(5) ppm. Positive results were obtained in 3/5 animals induced with 5x10(5) ppm and challenged with 10(5) ppm and 2/5 animals induced with 5x10(5) ppm and rechallenged with 10(5) ppm. Results for all other concentrations tested were negative. Positive results were also obtained in the Adjuvant and Patch Test.(42) Negative results were obtained when 0.1 mL maleic anhydride was topically applied to the backs of 8 guinea pigs four times in 10 days. At the time of the third application, 0.2 mL of Freund's adjuvant was injected intradermally at one point adjacent to the insult site. After a 2-week rest period, the guinea pigs were challenged. The challenge site was evaluated for erythema and edema at 24 and 48 hours. Maleic anhydride did not produce sensitization (0/8 animals reacted).(26)

An increase in benign tumours of the thyroid was observed in female rats, but not in males, fed 10, 32 or 100 mg/kg/day for 2 years. This effect was not judged by the authors to be treatment related.(26, unconfirmed)

Teratogenicity, Embryotoxicity and/or Fetotoxicity:
No teratogenic effects were observed in rats following oral administration of 30, 90 or 140 mg/kg/day during of pregnancy. Slight evidence of toxicity (reduced body weight gain) was observed in the mothers.(28)

Reproductive Toxicity:
No harmful effects on fertility were observed in male or female rats following oral administration of 20 to 150 mg/kg/day for 3 generations. Toxicity to the parents was observed at all doses (increased kidney weight at the lower doses and deaths at the highest dose).(28)


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Long-term exposure 2002-10-22
Emergency overview 2002-12-05
Toxicological info 2002-12-05
Bibliography 2002-12-05
Long-term exposure 2002-12-05
WHMIS detailed classification 2002-12-05
WHMIS proposed classification 2002-12-05
WHMIS disclosure list 2002-12-05
WHMIS health effects 2002-12-05
Handling 2002-12-09
Bibliography 2003-04-03
PEL-TWA final 2003-12-19
PEL transitional comments 2003-12-19
Bibliography 2004-04-06
EU classification 2005-02-06
ERPG-1 2005-07-01
ERPG-2 2005-07-01
ERPG-3 2005-07-01

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