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PERFLUOROOCTANOIC ACID ICSC: 1613
Date of Peer Review: October 2005

Pentadecafluorooctanoic acid
Pentadecafluoro-n-octanoic acid
Perfluorocaprylic acid
CAS # 335-67-1 C8HF15O2
RTECS # RH0781000 Molecular mass: 414.1
UN # 3261
EC Index #
TYPES OF HAZARD / EXPOSURE ACUTE HAZARDS / SYMPTOMS PREVENTION FIRST AID / FIRE FIGHTING
FIRE Not combustible. Gives off irritating or toxic fumes (or gases) in a fire.

In case of fire in the surroundings: use appropriate extinguishing media.
EXPLOSION


EXPOSURE
PREVENT DISPERSION OF DUST!

Inhalation Cough. Sore throat.
Local exhaust or breathing protection.
Fresh air, rest. Refer for medical attention.
Skin Redness. Pain.
Protective gloves.
Remove contaminated clothes. Rinse and then wash skin with water and soap.
Eyes Redness. Pain. Blurred vision.
Safety goggles or eye protection in combination with breathing protection.
First rinse with plenty of water for several minutes (remove contact lenses if easily possible), then take to a doctor.
Ingestion Abdominal pain. Nausea. Vomiting.
Do not eat, drink, or smoke during work.
Rinse mouth. Give plenty of water to drink. Refer for medical attention.
SPILLAGE DISPOSAL PACKAGING & LABELLING
Personal protection: P2 filter respirator for harmful particles. Do NOT let this chemical enter the environment. Sweep spilled substance into covered, non-metallic containers; if appropriate, moisten first to prevent dusting. Carefully collect remainder, then remove to safe place.
Do not transport with food and feedstuffs.
EU Classification
UN Classification
UN Hazard Class: 8
UN Pack Group: III
EMERGENCY RESPONSE STORAGE
Transport Emergency Card: TEC (R)-80GC4-II+III
Separated from strong oxidants, strong bases, strong acids, strong reducing agents, food and feedstuffs.
IPCS
International
Programme on
Chemical Safety
Prepared in the context of cooperation between the International Programme on Chemical Safety and the Commission of the European Communities IPCS, CEC 2005

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PERFLUOROOCTANOIC ACID ICSC: 1613
IMPORTANT DATA
PHYSICAL STATE; APPEARANCE:
WHITE POWDER, WITH PUNGENT ODOUR.

CHEMICAL DANGERS:
The substance decomposes on heating above 300C or on burning producing toxic gases including hydrogen fluoride. The solution in water is a weak acid. Reacts with bases, oxidants and reducing agents. Attacks many metals forming flammable/explosive gas (hydrogen - see ICSC 0001).

OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE LIMITS:
TLV not established.
MAK: 0.005 mg/m; skin absorption (H); Peak limitation category: II(8); Carcinogen category: 4; Pregnancy risk group: C; (DFG 2005).
ROUTES OF EXPOSURE:
The substance can be absorbed into the body by inhalation of its aerosol and by ingestion.

INHALATION RISK:
A harmful concentration of airborne particles can be reached quickly when dispersed.

EFFECTS OF SHORT-TERM EXPOSURE:
The substance is irritating to the eyes, the skin and the respiratory tract.

EFFECTS OF LONG-TERM OR REPEATED EXPOSURE:
Tumours have been detected in experimental animals but may not be relevant to humans.
PHYSICAL PROPERTIES
Boiling point: 189C
Melting point: 52-54C
Density: 1.79 g/cm
Solubility in water: none
Octanol/water partition coefficient as log Pow: 6.3
ENVIRONMENTAL DATA
The substance may cause long-term effects in the aquatic environment.
NOTES
Common name: PFOA.
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