Hydroxyacetic Acid

CAS#: 79-14-1

Synonyms: Glycolic acid; hydroxyethanoic acid

Uses: Leather dyeing and tanning; textile dyeing; cleaning, polishing and soldering compounds; copper pickling; adhesives; electroplating; breaking of petroleum emulsions; chelating agent for iron; chemical milling; pH control.

Hazard:  Very hazardous in case of skin contact (irritant), of eye contact (irritant), of ingestion, of inhalation. Hazardous in case of skin contact (corrosive), of eye contact (corrosive). Slightly hazardous in case of skin contact (permeator). The amount of tissue damage depends on length of contact. Eye contact can result in corneal damage or blindness. Skin contact can produce inflammation and blistering. Inhalation of dust will produce irritation to gastro-intestinal or respiratory tract, characterized by burning, sneezing and coughing. Severe over-exposure can produce lung damage, choking, unconsciousness or death.  Inflammation of the eye is characterized by redness, watering, and itching. Skin inflammation is characterized by itching, scaling, reddening, or, occasionally, blistering.