Hexamethylene diisocyanate is a pale yellow liquid with a strong odor. It is an industrial chemical
that is not known to occur naturally. It is also commonly known as HDI, 1,6-hexamethylene diisocyanate, 1,6-diisocyanatohexane, Mondur HX, and Desmodur H.
Hexamethylene diisocyanate is mainly used to make polyurethane foams
and coatings. It is also used as a hardener in automobile and airplane paints.
Exposure to hexamethylene diisocyanate occurs mainly in the workplace
, where it is used as a paint hardener. Hexamethylene diisocyanate may cause an allergic
-like syndrome, consisting of coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath
. This chemical has been found in none of the 1,445 National Priorities List sites
identified by the Environmental Protection Agency
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Source: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
- Toxic & Hazardous Substances
- Lung & Airway Disorders
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