IUPAC Name: 2-(chloromethyl)oxirane
Source: Used in the production of epoxide resins and glycerin. Formerly used as a pesticide.
Summary: Epichlorohydrin is used in the production of epoxy resins and glycerin. It may also be used as a solvent and surfactant. It was formerly used as an insecticide. It is a colorless liquid at room temperature that is soluble in water up to 65,900 mg/L at 25 C. It has a density of 1.1750 g/mL at 25 C. Upon decomposition it produces hydrogen chloride gas. The compound is classified by the EPA as a Hazardous Air Pollutant (HAPs). It will exist as a vapor in the atmosphere with a half-life of 36 days. A Koc value of 40 indicates high mobility within soil. Hydrolysis, biodegradation, and volatilization are all expected to be major methods of natural removal.
GHS Hazard Statement: H226, H301, H311, H314, H317, H330, H331, H334, H335, H340, H341, H350, H361, H370, H372, H402, H412, GHS02, GHS05, GHS06, GHS07, GHS08