How is acrylic acid used in the real wor···

How is acrylic acid used in the real world ?

How is acrylic acid used in the real world ?

How is acrylic acid used in the real world

Acrylic acid is used in the manufacture of plastics, in latex applications, in floor polish, in polymer solutions for coatings applications, emulsion polymers, paint formulations, leather finishings, and paper coatings.  Acrylic acid is also used as a chemical intermediate.

Exposure occurs primarily in the workplace.  It is a strong irritant to the skin, eyes, and mucous membranes in humans.  No information is available on the reproductive, developmental, or carcinogenic effects of acrylic acid in humans.  Animal cancer studies have reported both positive and negative results.  EPA has not classified acrylic acid for carcinogenicity.

Sources and Potential Exposure
Exposure to acrylic acid occurs primarily in the workplace via inhalation and dermal contact during its manufacture or use.

Consumers may be exposed to acrylic acid in polishes, paints, coatings, rug backings, adhesives, plastics, textiles, and paper finishes.

Acrylic acid may be released in wastewater and as emissions during its production and use. Individuals may be exposed by inhaling ambient air or ingesting contaminated water.

Acrylic acid is also produced naturally by some species of algae.

Physical Properties

The chemical formula of acrylic acid is C3H4O2 , and it has a molecular weight of 72.06 g/mol.

Acrylic acid occurs as a corrosive, colorless liquid that is miscible with water.

Acrylic acid has an acrid odor with an odor threshold of 0.094 parts per million (ppm).

The vapor pressure for acrylic acid is 52 mm Hg at 20 °C.

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