What 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:
Textiles, leather and some wood products
Fungicides during cotton farming
Preservatives in print pastes
Table A shows PCP restriction in various countries and their limits (non-exclusive)
Chemicals Prohibition Ordinance
Chemical Substances and Products Act
Chemical Prohibition Act
Commodities Act on Pentachlorophenol
Chemical Risk Reduction Ordinance
Textiles & leather goods: Not used Wood products: 5 mg/kg
How TÜV SÜD can help?
Training and seminar on understanding the RSL (Restricted Substance List) and MRSL (Manufacturing Restricted Substance List)
Testing services on the final products and raw materials
Consultancy on establishing and improving Chemical Management System
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