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Tributyl phosphate

Key Points


  • Combustible
  • Reacts with bases and strong oxidants. Attacks some forms of plastic, rubber and coatings
  • Emits toxic fumes including phosphorus oxides when heated to decomposition. Reacts with warm water producing corrosive phosphoric acid and butanol.


  • Toxic by ingestion, inhalation and skin contact
  • CHIP: Possible carcinogen, harmful and irritant
  • Inhalation causes headache and irritation to mucous membranes.
  • Ingestion causes nausea and vomiting.
  • Dermal exposure causes skin irritation, dermatitis and pain.
  • Ocular exposure causes eye irritation and pain.


  • Avoid release into the environment
  • Inform Environment Agency of substantial incidents

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