12 Facts About Vinyl chloride


Vinyl chloride that is released by industries or formed by the breakdown of other chlorinated chemicals can enter the air and drinking water supplies.

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Vinyl chloride, called vinyl chloride monomer, is exclusively used as a precursor to PVC.

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Vinyl chloride was briefly used as an inhalational anaesthetic, in a similar vein to ethyl chloride, though its toxicity forced this practice to be abandoned.

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Smaller amounts of vinyl chloride are used in furniture and automobile upholstery, wall coverings, housewares, and automotive parts.

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Vinyl chloride was first produced in 1835 by Justus von Liebig and his student Henri Victor Regnault.

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When vinyl chloride producers shifted to using the thermal cracking of EDC described above, some used byproduct HCl in conjunction with a colocated acetylene-based unit.

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The hazards of storing and shipping acetylene meant that the vinyl chloride facility needed to be located very close to the acetylene generating facility.

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Vinyl chloride finds its major application in the production of PVC.

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Vinyl chloride is a mutagen having clastogenic effects which affect lymphocyte chromosomal structure.

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Vinyl chloride is a Group 1 human carcinogen posing elevated risks of rare angiosarcoma, brain and lung tumors, and malignant haematopoeitic lymphatic tumors.

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Hepatotoxicity of vinyl chloride has long been established since the 1930s when the PVC industry was just in its infant stages.

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Vinyl chloride is a known human carcinogen that causes a rare cancer of the liver.

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