April 2016 (updated as of 14 October 2016)
Relevant for: Softlines, Hardlines
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)
|Austria||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
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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