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AZINPHOS-METHYL Basic information

Product Name:
  • R1582
  • 3,4-dihydro-4-oxo-1,2,3-benzotriazin-3-ylmethyl O,O-dimethyl phosphorodithioate
  • azinphose methyl
Product Categories:
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AZINPHOS-METHYL Chemical Properties

Melting point:
Boiling point:
421.3±55.0 °C(Predicted)
1.44 g/cm3 (20℃)
vapor pressure 
5.0 x 10-7 Pa (20 °C)
refractive index 
1.6115 (589.3 nm 76℃)
storage temp. 
Water Solubility 
28 mg l-1(20 °C)
Crystals or brown, waxy solid
Exposure limits
NIOSH REL: 0.2 mg/m3; OSHA PEL: TWA 0.2 mg/m3; ACGIH TLV: TWA 0.2 mg/m3.
CAS DataBase Reference
86-50-0(CAS DataBase Reference)
EPA Substance Registry System
Azinphos-methyl (86-50-0)

Safety Information

Hazard Codes 
Risk Statements 
Safety Statements 
WGK Germany 
LD50 in female rats (mg/kg): 11 orally; 220 dermally (Gaines)

AZINPHOS-METHYL Usage And Synthesis

Chemical Properties

Azinphos methyl is an organophosphate pesticide available as a white or colorless crystalline solid substance. Technical azinphos methyl is a brown waxy solid that is sparingly soluble in water, but very soluble in most organic solvents. It is incompatible with strong oxidizing agents, and is hydrolyzed by water, acids, and alkalies. Azinphos methyl is used on many crops, especially apples, pears, cherries, peaches, almonds, and cotton for the control of a variety of crop pests and fruit crop pests. These include, codling moth, light brown apple moth, spring beetle, apple leaf hopper, bryobia mite, pear and cherry slug, woolly aphid, mites, codling moths, lygus-bugs, bollworms, armyworms, boll weevils, thrips, grasshoppers, stinkbugs, spittle bugs, plum curculio, pear psylla, scale, and the European brown snail. The use of azinphos methyl is not recommended either for public health or domestic purposes. Azinphos methyl is absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract, through the intact skin, and by inhalation of fi ne spray mist or dusts during spray operations. It is available as an emulsifi able liquid, a fl owable liquid, a ULV liquid, and wettable powder formulations.

Chemical Properties

Pure azinphos-methyl is a colorless-to-white odorless crystalline solid. Azinphos-methyl is subject to hydrolysis and decomposes with gas evolution at elevated temperatures.Soluble in methanol, ethanol, propylene glycol, xylene, and other organic solvents; slightly soluble in water (33 mg/L).


Azinphos-methyl is used to control a wide range of both sucking and chewing insects and spider mites in a wide range of crops.


Insecticide for fruit. Use may be restricted.


Nonsystemic insecticide and acaricide for control of insects pests in blueberry, grape, maize, vegetable, cotton and citrus crops.


ChEBI: A member of the class of benzotriazines that is 1,2,3-benzotriazine substituted by an oxo group at position 4 and a [(dimethoxyphosphorothioyl)sulfanyl]methyl group at position 3.

General Description

Azinphos methyl is a colorless brown, waxy or white crystalline solid dissolved in a liquid carrier. AZINPHOS-METHYL is used as a pesticide. AZINPHOS-METHYL is added to water to create a water emulsifiable liquid. AZINPHOS-METHYL is toxic by inhalation, skin absorption, and/or ingestion. AZINPHOS-METHYL is heavier than and insoluble in water.
Technical-grade guthion is a cream to yellowbrown granular solid. Guthion is poorly soluble in water. Pure guthion is a colourless to white odourless crystalline solid. Technical-grade guthion is a cream to yellow-brown granular solid.

Air & Water Reactions

Insoluble in water. What little amount is solubilized will readily hydrolyze.

Reactivity Profile

The BPS Pesticide incident in Helena resulted in an explosion and death of three firemen. The burning of a 1,000 pound sack of Azinphos Methyl or the flashing of Maneb which was present on the facility may have caused the explosion. Azinphos Ethyl may behave similarly. At elevated temperatures, AZINPHOS-METHYL will decompose generating toxic gases.


A poison, cholinesterase inhibitor. Absorbed by skin. Questionable carcinogen.

Health Hazard

Azinphos methyl is extremely toxic, the probable lethal oral dose for humans being from 5 to 50 mg/kg body weight (just seven drops). Different solvents used in the preparation and commercial formulations of azinphos methyl further change the toxicological properties. The symptoms of poisoning include, but are not limited to, excessive sweating, headache, weakness, giddiness, nausea, hypersalivation, vomiting, stomach pains, blurred vision, slurred speech, and muscle twitching, and with advanced time and poisoning, chest tightness, vomiting, cramps, convulsion, coma, loss of refl exes and loss of sphincter control, respiratory failure, unconsciousness, or death.
Reports have indicated that azinphos methyl causes no delayed neurotoxicity. Azinphos methyl has been classifi ed as a tumorigen. After accidental or intentional exposure to azinphos methyl, occupational workers exhibit over stimulation of the nervous system, rapid twitching and paralysis of muscles, and death.

Health Hazard

Acute: extremely toxic. Probable oral lethal dose in humans is 5-50 mg/kg, or between 7 drops and 1 teaspoon for a 70 kg (150 lb.) person. A potent cholinesterase inhibitor which can cause death.

Health Hazard

Cholinesterase inhibitor; a severely acutetoxicant; delayed effects may be observedafter several hours; toxic symptoms simi-lar to other organophosphorus compounds;exposure may cause headache, dizziness,blurred vision, and muscle spasms. Othertoxic symptoms include vomiting, abdomi-nal pain, diarrhea, seizures, and shortness ofbreath; ingestion of 5–10 g could be fatalto adult humans; oral LD50 value (mice):15 mg/kg, rats 7 mg/kg; LC50 inhalation(rat): 69 mg/m3/1h.

Fire Hazard

Some of the formulations may burn, but none of them ignite easily. Container may explode in the heat of the fire. Rapidly hydrolyzed by cold alkali or cold acid. Unstable at temperatures above 390F.

Agricultural Uses

Insecticide, Acaricide: Not approved for use in EU countries. Azinphosmethyl liquids with a concentration greater than 13.5% are classified as a U.S. Restricted Use Pesticides (RUP) Insecticide used to control certain chewing and sucking insects in forestry settings, on fruits and fruit trees, vines, nuts, vegetables, cereals, maize, cotton, ornamentals, soy beans, tobacco, rice, coffee, sugar cane, and other crops. Also used as an intermediate in the manufacture, formulation and application of insecticides and acaricides. There are 31 global suppliers.

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Safety Profile

Poison by inhalation, ingestion, skin contact, intravenous, and intraperitoneal routes. An experimental teratogen. Other experimental reproductive effects. Human mutation data reported. Questionable carcinogen with experimental tumorigenic data. See also PARATHION and ESTERS. When heated to decomposition it emits very toxic fumes of POx, SOx, and NOx.


In a 2 year study dogs received azinphos-methyl technical (purity not stated) in the diet at 0, 5, 20, or 50 ppm . After 36 weeks, the 20 ppm and 50 ppm dose groups were given 50 and 100 ppm, respectively, upon lack of toxic symptoms. After 57 weeks, the 100 ppm dose group was elevated to 150 ppmand after 84weeks to 300 ppm. No evidence of carcinogenicity was observed.When azinphos-methyl was fed to mice at 0, 5, 20, or 40 ppm (about 0.79, 3.49, 11.33 (males); 0.98, 4.12, 14.30 (females)) for 2 years, no compound-related toxicity or evidence of cancer occurred .

Environmental Fate

Biological. Mixed cultures of microorganisms obtained from soil, raw sewage, acti vated sludge, and settled sludge were all able to degrade azinphosmethyl. When this dithioate pesticide was incubated in a stirred flask containing a mixed culture for 4 days, the concentration decreased from 99 to 40 mg/L (Barik et al., 1984).
Soil. The principal degradation products in soil and by selected soil microorganisms are benzazimide, thiomethylbenzazimide, bis(benzazimidylmethyl)disulfide and anthra nilic acid. Benzazimide is further transformed only by Pseudomonas sp. DSM 50
When radiolabeled azinphos-methyl was incubated in soil, 50 and 93% of the applied amount degraded to carbon dioxide after 44 and 197 days, respectively (Engelhardt et al., 1984). The presence of benzamide, salicylic acid and 14CO2 from [carbonyl-14C]- an
In a dry soil (2–3% moisture content), the half-lives were 484, 88 and 32 days at 6, 25 and 40°C, respectively. In a soil containing 50% moisture, the half-lives were much shorter, i.e., 64, 13 and 5 days at 6, 25 and 40°C, respectively (Yaron et al., 1974).
Azinphos-methyl will not leach to any great extent in soil (Helling, 1971). Staiff et al. (1975) studied the persistence of azinphos-methyl in a test plot over an 8-year period. At the end of the eighth year, virtually no azinphos-methyl was detected 30 c

Metabolic pathway

In the apple tree, 14C-azinphos methyl is metabolized to a small degree and, by the cell culture, 71% of the applied activity consists of unchanged azinphos methyl and its oxon is identified as a metabolite in a small amount. Two major metabolites are identified in the aqueous phase of the peel extract and in the cell extracts of the cell cultures. The major one is a conjugate of mercaptomethylbenzazimide with 2-(1- glucopyranosyl)propionic acid, and the minor one is monodesmethylazinphos methyl. In rats, following the administration of a single dose of azinphos methyl, the major radioactivity is eliminated in the expired air within 48 h. The metabolites in the urine result from the cleavage of P-S-C and P-O-CH3 bonds yielding O,O-dimethyl phosphorothioic acid together with mercaptomethylbenzamide and mono-O- demethylated azinphos methyl, respectively.


Azinphos methyl only should be handled by trained occupational workers/personnel wearing proper protective clothing. Azinphos methyl should always be stored and transported in clearly labeled impermeable containers under lock and key. Its storage area should be secure from access by unauthorized persons and children. Occupational workers must be properly informed that no food or drink should be stored in the storage areas.


Azinphos-methyl is rapidly hydrolysed in alkaline and acidic media. It rapidly photodegrades on soil surfaces and in water (PM).
The hydrolysis of [14C-carbonyl]azinphos-methywl as studied in buffered aqueous solution, pH 6-11 and the decomposition products were analysed by 2D TLC co-chromatography and GLC with authenticated standards after seven days incubation. The compound was relatively stable between pH 6 and 9 but at pH 10-11 it was largely decomposed. The decomposition products were identified as 3-methylbenzazimide (2), bis-3-methylbenzazimide disulfide (3), benzazimide (4), azinphos-methyl oxon (5) and anthranilic acid (6). The proportion of the oxon was appreciable at pH 9-10 but at pH 11 it was a minor component of the mixture.
When [14C-carbonyl]azinphos-methyl was subjected to elevated temperatures on a glass surface in the dark for seven days it was found to thermally degrade at appreciable rates at 50°C and above. The five degradation products, which had also been found in the hydrolysis experiments, were identified as products of thermal decomposition with the addition that the intermediate 3-(thiomethyl)benzazimide (7) was also characterised as well as the disulfide (3). Degradation was more rapid in heated water than on glass. When [14C-carbonyl]azinphos-methyl was subjected to irradiation as a water suspension or as a thin film by UV light (254 nm), sunlight and red and yellow filtered light (intensities unrecorded) for up to 12 hours the compound was rapidly degraded by the UV light with 95% being decomposed after 60 min. Red or yellow light caused no photolysis and sunlight irradiation of a thin film on glass caused some photodecomposition. Photolysis products identified in the UV-irradiated samples were 3-methylbenzazimide (2), bis-3- methylbenzazimide disulfide (3), benzazimide (4) and anthranilic acid (6) in addition to four water-soluble products which were not identified. Only benzazimide (4) and bis-3-methylbenzazimide disulfide (3) were identified in the sunlight-irradiated sample (Liang and Lichtenstein, 1972).Routes for the hydrolysis, thermal decomposition and photolysis of azinphos-methyl are shown in Scheme 1.


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