1,1,1-Trichloroethane is a colorless liquid with a sharp, sweet odor. Even though it is usually found as a liquid, it evaporates quickly and becomes a vapor. It is also known as methyl chloroform, methyltrichloromethane, and trichloromethylmethane.
1,1,1-Trichloroethane does not occur naturally in the environment. It is found in many common products such as glue, paint, industrial degreasers, and aerosol sprays. By 1996, 1,1,1-trichloroethane will no longer be made in the United States due to its effects on the ozone layer.
Exposure to 1,1,1-trichloroethane usually occurs by breathing contaminated air. It is found in building materials, cleaning products, paints, and metal degreasing agents. It can cause unconsciousness and other effects if inhaled in large amounts, but usually the effects will disappear after exposure ends. This substance has been found in at least 696 of the 1,430 National Priorities List sites
identified by the Environmental Protection Agency
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Source: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
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