Phosgene is a colorless nonflammable gas that has the odor of freshly cut hay. It is a manufactured chemical, but small amounts occur naturally from the break down of chlorinated compounds.
Phosgene is used in the manufacture of other chemicals such as dyestuffs, isocyanates, polycarbonates and acid chlorides; it is also used in the manufacture of pesticides and pharmaceuticals. Phosgene can also be used to separate ores.
Phosgene is a gas at room temperature, but is sometimes stored as a liquid under pressure or refrigeration. The general population is not exposed to significant amounts of phosgene. Higher exposure may occur during manufacture or industrial use. Exposure to phosgene in the air can cause eye
irritation. High amounts in the air can cause severe lung damage
. This substance has been found in at least 10 of the 1,585 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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