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April, 2016 (updated as of 14 October 2016)
is pentachlorophenol and its potential health hazard?
Pentachlorophenol (PCP) is a group of polychlorinated compounds used as preservatives for wood, leather and textiles to protect against the attack of moulds, fungus and bacteria.
PCP is toxic to human and the environment, in particular to aquatic life. Acute inhalation exposure to PCP in humans may affect the cardiovascular system, blood, liver, and eyes. PCP is also suspected to be carcinogenic. When PCP-treated articles are burned, highly toxic chemicals such as dioxins and furans may be released.
It is commonly found in:
Table A shows PCP restriction in various countries and their limits (non-exclusive)
|Austia||Chemicals Prohibition Ordinance||5 ppm|
|Denmark||Chemical Substances and Products Act|
|Germany||Chemical Prohibition Act|
|The Netherlands||Commodities Act on Pentachlorophenol|
|Switzerland||Chemical Risk Reduction Ordinance||
Textiles & leather goods: Not used
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