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Chloroprene Chemical Properties
  • Melting point:-130°C
  • Boiling point:59.45°C
  • Density 0,958 g/cm3
  • vapor pressure 118 at 10 °C, 200 at 20 °C, 275 at 30 °C (quoted, Verschueren, 1983)
  • refractive index 1.4583
  • Flash point:11 °C
  • storage temp. 2-8°C
  • solubility Soluble in acetone, benzene, and ether (Weast, 1986)
  • Henry's Law Constant3.20 x 10-2 atm?m3/mol using method of Hine and Mookerjee (1975)
  • Exposure limitsPotential occupational carcinogen. NIOSH REL: 15-min ceiling 1 ppm (3.6 mg/m3), IDLH 300 ppm; OSHA PEL: TWA 25 ppm (90 mg/m3); ACGIH TLV: TWA 10 ppm (adopted).
  • CAS DataBase Reference126-99-8(CAS DataBase Reference)
Safety Information
Chloroprene Usage And Synthesis
  • Chemical PropertiesChloroprene is a colorless, flammable liquid possessing a pungent odor. The Odor Threshold is 0.4 milligram per cubic meter
  • Physical propertiesClear, colorless liquid with a pungent, ether-like odor. The odor threshold is 0.40 mg/m3 (CHRIS, 1984).
  • UsesManufacture of neoprene.
  • UsesThe only commercial use identified for chloroprene is as a monomer in the production of the elastomer polychloroprene (neoprene), a synthetic rubber used in the production of automotive and mechanical rubber goods, adhesives, caulks, flame-resistant cushioning,construction materials, fabric coatings, fiber binding, and footwear. Other uses of this polymer include applications requiring chemical, oil, or weather resistance or high gum strength. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration permits the use of chloroprene as a component of adhesives used in food packaging and also permits the use of polychloroprene in products intended for use with food (IARC 1979, 1999, NTP 1998).
  • DefinitionA colorless liquid derivative of butadiene used in the manufacture of neoprene rubber.
  • General DescriptionA clear colorless liquid. Flash point -4°F. May polymerize exothermically if heated or contaminated. If polymerization takes place inside a container, the container may rupture violently. Less dense than water. Vapors heavier than air. Used to make neoprene rubber.
  • Air & Water ReactionsHighly flammable. Slightly soluble in water.
  • Reactivity ProfileCHLOROPRENE emits highly toxic fumes of chlorine gas when heated to decomposition. Autooxidizes very rapidly with air and, even at 0°C, produces unstable peroxides that catalyze exothermic polymerization [Bretherick, 5th ed., 1995, p. 507]. This reactivity is greatly slowed by presence of an inhibitor.
  • HazardToxic by ingestion, inhalation, and skin absorption. Flammable, dangerous fire risk, explosive limits in air 4.0–20%. Eye and upper respiratory tract irritant. Possible carcinogen.
  • Health HazardINHALATION: Fatigue, psychic changes, irritability, oppression in chest, occasionally substernal pain, tachycardia upon exertion. EYES: Can cause conjunctivitis, corneal necrosis and edema of eyelids. SKIN: May cause dermatitis and temporary loss of hair. Rapidly absorbed by skin.
  • Safety ProfileConfirmed carcinogen. Poison by ingestion, intravenous, and subcutaneous routes. Moderately toxic by inhalation. An experimental teratogen. Experimental reproductive effects. Human mutation data reported. Human exposure has caused dermatitis, conjunctivitis, corneal necrosis, anemia, temporary loss of hair, nervousness, and irritabhty. Exposure to the vapor can cause respiratory tract irritation leading to asphyxia. Other effects are central nervous system depression, drop in blood pressure, severe degenerative changes in the liver, kidneys, lungs, and other vital organs. A very dangerous fire hazard when exposed to heat or flame. Explosive in the form of vapor when exposed to heat or flame. To fight fire, use alcohol foam. Auto-oxidlzes in air to form an unstable peroxide that catalyzes exothermic polymerization of the monomer. Incompatible with liquid or gaseous fluorine. When heated to decomposition it emits toxic fumes of Cl-. See also CHLORINATED HYDROCARBONS, ALIPHATIC .
  • Potential ExposureThe major use of chloroprene is in the production of artificial rubber (Neoprene, duprene); polychloroprene elastomers. Chloroprene is extremely reactive, e.g., it can polymerize spontaneously at room temperatures; the process being catalyzed by light, peroxides, and other free radical initiators. It can also react with oxygen to form polymeric peroxides and because of its instability, flammability, and toxicity, chloroprene has no end-product uses as such.
  • CarcinogenicityChloroprene is reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen based on evidence of carcinogenicity from studies in experimental animals.
  • Environmental FateChemical/Physical. Anticipated products from the reaction of chloroprene with ozone or OH radicals in the atmosphere are formaldehyde, 2-chloroacrolein, OHCCHO, ClCOCHO, H2CCHCClO, chlorohydroxy acids, and aldehydes (Cupitt, 1980).
    Chloroprene will polymerize at room temperature unless inhibited with antioxidants (NIOSH, 1997). Chloroprene is resistant to hydrolysis under neutral and alkaline conditions (Carothers et al., 1931).
    Chloroprene is subject to hydrolysis forming 3-hydroxypropene and HCl. The reported hydrolysis half-life at 25 °C and pH 7 is 40 yr (Kollig, 1993).
  • ShippingUN1991 Chloroprene, stabilized, Hazard Class: 3; Labels: 3-Flammable liquid, 6.1-Poisonous material.
  • IncompatibilitiesCan form unstable peroxides; chloroprene may polymerize on standing with fire or explosion hazard. May form explosive mixture with air. Reacts with liquid or gaseous fluorine, alkali metals; metal powders, oxidizers, creating a fire or explosion hazard. Attacks some plastics, rubber, and coatings. May accumulate static electrical charges, and may cause ignition of its vapors.
  • Waste DisposalIncineration, preferably after mixing with another combustible fuel. Care must be exercised to assure complete combustion to prevent the formation of phosgene. An acid scrubber is necessary to remove the halo acids produced.
  • RegulationsDepartment of Transportation (DOT)
    Chloroprene is considered a hazardous material, and special requirements have been set for marking, labeling, and transporting this material.
    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
    Clean Air Act
    National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Listed as a hazardous air pollutant.
    New Source Performance Standards: Manufacture is subject to certain provisions for the control of volatile organic compound emissions.
    Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act
    Reportable quantity (RQ) = 100 lb.
    Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act
    Toxics Release Inventory: Listed substance subject to reporting requirements.
    Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
    Listed as a hazardous constituent of waste.
    Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
    While this section accurately identifies OSHA’s legally enforceable PELs for this substance in 2010, specific PELs may not reflect the more current studies and may not adequately protect workers.
    Permissible exposure limit (PEL) = 25 ppm (90 mg/m3).
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