Cresols (all isomers)
- Tricresol, mixture of isomers
Yellowish to pinkish liquid which darkens on exposure to light or air. Phenolic odor. Hygrosocopic.
Disinfectant, bacteriostatic agent and fumigant. Used in the manufacture of dyes, phenolic plastics and paints.
Registry Numbers and Inventories.
EC Index Number
Toxic. Corrosive. [T;C].(15)
Agricultural Chemical and Pesticide; Tumorigen; Human Data
Swiss Giftliste 1
Japan ENCS (MITI)
Melting point, °C
11 - 35
Boiling point, °C
185 - 205
Vapor pressure, mmHg
0.1 (25 C)
Vapor density (air=1)
Odor Threshold Odor threshold 5 ppm
1.03-1.047 g/cm3 (20 C)
Solubility in water
4.49-7.0 centipoises at 40 C
37 g/s2 20 C
Partition coefficient, pKow
1.94 - 1.96
Heat of vaporization
Heat of combustion
Hazards and Protection.
Keep away from heat, sparks, and flame. Keep away from sources of ignition. Store in a cool, dry place. Store in a tightly closed container. Corrosives area.
Wash thoroughly after handling. Remove contaminated clothing and wash before reuse. Use only in a well ventilated area. Do not get in eyes, on skin, or on clothing. Do not ingest or inhale. Discard contaminated shoes.
Eyes: Wear appropriate protective eyeglasses or chemical safety goggles as described by OSHA's eye and face protection regulations in 29 CFR 1910.133 or European Standard EN166. Skin: Wear appropriate protective gloves to prevent skin exposure. Clothing: Wear appropriate protective clothing to prevent skin exposure.
Follow the OSHA respirator regulations found in 29CFR 1910.134 or European Standard EN 149. Always use a NIOSH or European Standard EN 149 approved respirator when necessary.
Absorb spill with inert material, (e.g., dry sand or earth), then place into a chemical waste container.
Stable under normal temperatures and pressures.
Strong acids, bases, alliphatic amines, oxidizing agents (strong, e.g. bromine, hydrogen peroxide, nitrogen dioxide, potassium nitrate), chlorosulfonic acid, oleum.
Carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide.
Lower exp. limit, %
Wear a self-contained breathing apparatus in pressure-demand, MSHA/NIOSH (approved or equivalent), and full protective gear. Extinguishing media: For small fires, use dry chemical, carbon dioxide, or water spray. For large fires, use dry chemical, carbon dioxide, alcohol-resistant foam, or water spray.
This material is combustible.
Sealed closed containers can build up pressure if exposed to heat.
Flammable toxic vapors are given off in a fire.
TLV: 5 ppm; 22 mg/m3 (skin) (ACGIH 1991-1992). OSHA PEL: TWA 5 ppm (22 mg/m3) skin NIOSH REL: TWA 2.3 ppm (10 mg/m3) NIOSH IDLH: 250 ppm
Prolonged or repeated skin contact may cause dermatitis. May cause liver and kidney damage. May cause digestive tract disturbances. Repeated exposure may cause central nervous system damage.
May cause severe gastrointestinal tract irritation with nausea, vomiting and possible burns. May cause liver and kidney damage. May be harmful if swallowed. May cause central nervous system depression, convulsions, coma, and possible death due to respiratory paralysis.
Causes severe irritation of upper respiratory tract with coughing, burns, breathing difficulty, and possible coma. May cause effects similar to those described for ingestion.
Causes severe skin irritation and burns. May be harmful if absorbed through the skin.
Causes eye burns. May result in corneal injury. May cause conjunctivitis and keratitis.
Never give anything by mouth to an unconscious person. Get medical aid immediately. Do NOT induce vomiting. If conscious and alert, rinse mouth and drink 2-4 cupfuls of milk or water.
Get medical aid immediately. Remove from exposure to fresh air immediately. If breathing is difficult, give oxygen.
Get medical aid immediately. Immediately flush skin with plenty of soap and water for at least 15 minutes while removing contaminated clothing and shoes. Discard contaminated clothing in a manner which limits further exposure. Destroy contaminated shoes.
Get medical aid immediately. Extensive irrigation is required (at least 30 minutes).