Nitrophenols

  • Nitrophenol (mixed isomers)
Formula
C6H5NO3
Structure
Description
A yellow crystalline solid consisting of a mixture of chemically similar isomers.
Uses
Used as a chemical indicator and intermediate.

Registry Numbers and Inventories.
CAS
25154-55-6
RTECS
SM1920000
UN (DOT)
1663
Beilstein/Gmelin
NA
US TSCA
Listed
Japan ENCS (MITI)
Listed

Properties.
Formula
C6H5NO3
Formula mass
139.12
Partition coefficient, pKow
1.79-2.00

Hazards and Protection.
Storage
Keep all flammables away from area where oxidizing agents are stored. Area. Kept cool and ventilated, and should be fireproof.
Handling
All chemicals should be considered hazardous. Avoid direct physical contact. Use appropriate, approved safety equipment. Untrained individuals should not handle this chemical or its container. Handling should occur in a chemical fume hood.
Protection
Full body protective clothing is needed.
Respirators
Wear positive pressure self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).
Small spills/leaks
Keep sparks, flames, and other sources of ignition away. Keep material out of water sources and sewers. Build dikes to contain flow as necessary. Land spill: Dig a pit, pond, lagoon, holding area to contain liquid or solid material. Cover solids with a plastic sheet to prevent dissolving in rain or fire fighting water. Neutralize with agricultural lime (CaO), crushed limestone (CaCO3) or sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3). Water spill: Neutralize with agricultural lime (CaO), crushed limestone (CaCO3), or sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3). If dissolved, in region of 10 ppm or greater concentration, apply activated carbon at ten times the spilled amount. Use mechanical dredges or lifts to remove immobilized masses of pollutants and precipitates.
Stability
No data.
Incompatibilities
If mixed with reducing agents, including hydrides, sulfides and nitrides, they may begin a vigorous reaction that culminates in a detonation Reacts as weak organic acids Incompatible with strong reducing substances such as hydrides, nitrides, alkali metals, and sulfides.

Fire.
Fire fighting
Use water in flooding quantities as fog. Solid streams of water may spread fire. Cool all affected containers with flooding quantities of water. Apply water from as far a distance as possible. Use foam, dry chemical, or carbon dioxide.
Fire potential
May burn but does not ignite readily.
Hazards
When heated, vapors may form explosive mixtures with air: indoors, outdoors, and sewers explosion hazards. May polymerize explosively when heated or involved in a fire. Contact with metals may evolve flammable hydrogen gas. Containers may explode when heated. Runoff may pollute waterways. Substance may be transported in a molten form.
Combustion products
Toxic oxides of nitrogen are produced during combustion of this material.

Health.
Exposure effects
Abnormally low blood pressure, reduced body temperature, rapid breathing, and rapid heart rate may develop with severe toxicity. Initial CNS excitation, including seizures, is commonly followed by CNS depression ranging from lethargy to coma and death. Fetotoxicity and skeletal abnormalities have been reported in animal experiments.
   Ingestion
Phenol is extremely corrosive and may cause oral and esophageal burns and abdominal pain following ingestion.
   Inhalation
Tachypnea is commonly reported; pulmonary edema and bronchospasm may also occur. Stridor has been reported from exposure to high concentrations of phenol. Respiratory arrest occurred 30 minutes post ingestion of 26.7 Grams of phenol in one case.
   Skin
Phenol is corrosive to the skin, but because of anesthetic qualities, it will numb rather than causing a burning pain on contact. Skin becomes red and swollen, then white and opaque. Deep burns result that may become gangrenous.
   Eyes
See Inhalation.

First aid
 
   Ingestion
Dilution - may enhance absorption of phenol, and should be avoided. Ipecac induced vomiting is not recommended because of the potential for cns depression and seizures. Activated charcoal - may limit systemic toxicity if administered soon after ingestion, but may interfere with endoscopic evaluation of gastrointestinal burns.
   Inhalation
Move patient to fresh air. Monitor for respiratory distress. If cough or difficulty breathing develops, evaluate for respiratory tract irritation, bronchitis, or pneumonitis. Administer oxygen and assist ventilation as required. Treat bronchospasm with beta2 agonist and corticosteroid aerosols.
   Skin
Remove phenol with undiluted polyethylene glycol 300 to 400 or isopropyl alcohol prior to washing, if readily available. Wash exposed areas twice with large quantities of water. A physician may need to examine the exposed area if irritation or pain persist after the area is washed.
   Eyes
Irrigate exposed eyes with copious amounts of tepid water for at least 15 minutes. If irritation, pain, swelling, lacrimation, or photophobia persist, the patient should be seen in a health care facility.

Transport.
UN number
1663
Response guide
Hazard class
6.1
Packing Group
III
 
USCG CHRIS Code
NPX
 
42 Nitrocompounds
Std. Transport #
4963394