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Pentachlorophenol

General Information

  • Product Names:
  • Chemical Class: Chlorophenol compound
  • Uses: Restricted use heavy duty wood preservative (fungicide, bactericide, herbicide, molluscicide, algaecide and insecticide) targets carpenter ants, mold, powderpost beetles, termites, wood rot/decaying fungus, wood rot/decaying organisms, wood stain fungus.
  • Alternatives: Wood preservative
  • Beyond Pesticides rating: Toxic

Health and Environmental Effects

  • Cancer: Probable (15)
  • Endocrine Disruption: Probable (5)
  • Reproductive Effects: Yes (31)
  • Neurotoxicity: Yes (31)
  • Kidney/Liver Damage: Yes (31)
  • Sensitizer/ Irritant: Yes (31)
  • Birth/Developmental Yes (31)
  • Detected in Groundwater: Yes (31)
  • Potential Leacher: Yes (31)
  • Toxic to Birds: Yes (40)
  • Toxic to Fish/Aquatic Organisms: Yes (31)
  • Toxic to Bees: Not documented

Additional Information