CAS No.: 118-74-1 Formula: C6Cl6 Molecular Weight: 284.78200
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CAS No.: 118-74-1 Formula: C6Cl6 Molecular Weight: 284.78200
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Hexachlorobenzene, or perchlorobenzene, is an organochloride with the molecular formula C6Cl6. It is a fungicide formerly used as a seed treatment, especially on wheat to control the fungal disease bunt. It has been banned globally under the Stockholm Convention on persistent organic pollutants.

Basic Info

Chemical Name hexachlorobenzene

perchlorobenzene; Benzene, hexachloro-; HCB; Hexachlorobenzene; Hexachlorobenzene 13C6; Hexachlorobenzene solution; Expand

CAS No. 118-74-1
Molecular Formula C6Cl6
Molecular Weight 284.78200
PSA 0.00000
LogP 5.60700


Appearance & Physical State white powder
Density 1.5691
Boiling Point 332ºC
Melting Point 228-231ºC
Flash Point 242ºC
Refractive Index 1.606
Stability Stable. Incompatible with strong oxidizing agents.
Storage Condition APPROX 4ºC
Vapor Pressure 0.000463mmHg at 25°C

Safety Info

RTECS DA2975000
Hazard Class 6.1(b)
Safety Statements S45-S53-S60-S61
HS Code 2903920000
WGK Germany 3
Packing Group III
Risk Statements R45; R48/25; R50/53
Hazard Codes T; N
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According to Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) - Sixth revised edition

Version: 1.0

Creation Date: Aug 15, 2017

Revision Date: Aug 15, 2017


1.1 GHS Product identifier

Product name hexachlorobenzene

1.2 Other means of identification

Product number -
Other names Benzene, hexachloro-

1.3 Recommended use of the chemical and restrictions on use

Identified uses For industry use only. Pesticides (chemicals used for killing pests, such as rodents, insects, or plants)
Uses advised against no data available

1.4 Supplier's details

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1.5 Emergency phone number

Emergency phone number -
Service hours Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm (Standard time zone: UTC/GMT +8 hours).

2.Hazard identification

2.1 Classification of the substance or mixture

Carcinogenicity, Category 1B

Specific target organ toxicity – repeated exposure, Category 1

Hazardous to the aquatic environment, short-term (Acute) - Category Acute 1

Hazardous to the aquatic environment, long-term (Chronic) - Category Chronic 1

2.2 GHS label elements, including precautionary statements

Signal word


Hazard statement(s)

H350 May cause cancer

H372 Causes damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure

H410 Very toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects

Precautionary statement(s)

P201 Obtain special instructions before use.

P202 Do not handle until all safety precautions have been read and understood.

P280 Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection.

P260 Do not breathe dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray.

P264 Wash ... thoroughly after handling.

P270 Do not eat, drink or smoke when using this product.

P273 Avoid release to the environment.


P308+P313 IF exposed or concerned: Get medical advice/ attention.

P314 Get medical advice/attention if you feel unwell.

P391 Collect spillage.


P405 Store locked up.


P501 Dispose of contents/container to ...

2.3 Other hazards which do not result in classification


3.Composition/information on ingredients

3.1 Substances

Chemical name Common names and synonyms CAS number EC number Concentration
hexachlorobenzene hexachlorobenzene 118-74-1 none 100%

4.First-aid measures

4.1 Description of necessary first-aid measures

General advice

Consult a physician. Show this safety data sheet to the doctor in attendance.

If inhaled

Fresh air, rest. Refer for medical attention.

In case of skin contact

Rinse and then wash skin with water and soap. Refer for medical attention .

In case of eye contact

First rinse with plenty of water for several minutes (remove contact lenses if easily possible), then refer for medical attention.

If swallowed

Rinse mouth. Refer for medical attention .

4.2 Most important symptoms/effects, acute and delayed

Harmful by dust inhalation or if swallowed. Irritating to eyes, skin and mucous membranes. Prolonged periods of ingestion may cause cutaneous porphyria. (USCG, 1999)

4.3 Indication of immediate medical attention and special treatment needed, if necessary

Immediate first aid: Ensure that adequate decontamination has been carried out. If patient is not breathing, start artificial respiration, preferably with a demand-valve resuscitator, bag-valve-mask device, or pocket mask, as trained. Perform CPR as necessary. Immediately flush contaminated eyes with gently flowing water. Do not induce vomiting. If vomiting occurs, lean patient forward or place on left side (head-down position, if possible) to maintain an open airway and prevent aspiration. Keep patient quiet and maintain normal body temperature. Obtain medical attention. /Lindane and related compounds/

5.Fire-fighting measures

5.1 Extinguishing media

Suitable extinguishing media

Use water spray, foam, powder, carbon dioxide.

5.2 Specific hazards arising from the chemical

Special Hazards of Combustion Products: They contain highly toxic chloride fumes. Behavior in Fire: Produces highly toxic chloride fumes. (USCG, 1999)

5.3 Special protective actions for fire-fighters

Wear self-contained breathing apparatus for firefighting if necessary.

6.Accidental release measures

6.1 Personal precautions, protective equipment and emergency procedures

Use personal protective equipment. Avoid dust formation. Avoid breathing vapours, mist or gas. Ensure adequate ventilation. Evacuate personnel to safe areas. Avoid breathing dust. For personal protection see section 8.

6.2 Environmental precautions

Personal protection: chemical protection suit and particulate filter respirator adapted to the airborne concentration of the substance. Sweep spilled substance into sealable containers. Carefully collect remainder. Then store and dispose of according to local regulations. Do NOT let this chemical enter the environment.

6.3 Methods and materials for containment and cleaning up

Absorb the spills with paper towels or like materials. Place in hood to evaporate followed by burning the towel. Dissolve in a combustible solvent. Scatter the spray of the solution into the furnace with after burners and alkali scrubber.

7.Handling and storage

7.1 Precautions for safe handling

Avoid contact with skin and eyes. Avoid formation of dust and aerosols. Avoid exposure - obtain special instructions before use.Provide appropriate exhaust ventilation at places where dust is formed. For precautions see section 2.2.

7.2 Conditions for safe storage, including any incompatibilities

Separated from food and feedstuffs. Well closed.Separated from food and feedstuffs. Well closed.

8.Exposure controls/personal protection

8.1 Control parameters

Occupational Exposure limit values

no data available

Biological limit values

no data available

8.2 Appropriate engineering controls

Handle in accordance with good industrial hygiene and safety practice. Wash hands before breaks and at the end of workday.

8.3 Individual protection measures, such as personal protective equipment (PPE)

Eye/face protection

Safety glasses with side-shields conforming to EN166. Use equipment for eye protection tested and approved under appropriate government standards such as NIOSH (US) or EN 166(EU).

Skin protection

Wear impervious clothing. The type of protective equipment must be selected according to the concentration and amount of the dangerous substance at the specific workplace. Handle with gloves. Gloves must be inspected prior to use. Use proper glove removal technique(without touching glove's outer surface) to avoid skin contact with this product. Dispose of contaminated gloves after use in accordance with applicable laws and good laboratory practices. Wash and dry hands. The selected protective gloves have to satisfy the specifications of EU Directive 89/686/EEC and the standard EN 374 derived from it.

Respiratory protection

Wear dust mask when handling large quantities.

Thermal hazards

no data available

9.Physical and chemical properties

Physical state white powder
Colour White needles
Odour no data available
Melting point/ freezing point 228-231ºC
Boiling point or initial boiling point and boiling range 332ºC
Flammability Combustible.
Lower and upper explosion limit / flammability limit no data available
Flash point 242ºC
Auto-ignition temperature no data available
Decomposition temperature no data available
pH no data available
Kinematic viscosity no data available
Solubility less than 1 mg/mL at 20°C
Partition coefficient n-octanol/water (log value) log Kow = 5.73
Vapour pressure 0.000463mmHg at 25°C
Density and/or relative density 1.5691
Relative vapour density 9.8 (Relative to Air)
Particle characteristics no data available

10.Stability and reactivity

10.1 Reactivity

no data available

10.2 Chemical stability

Very stable, even to acids and bases.

10.3 Possibility of hazardous reactions

Not flammable or combustible.HEXACHLOROBENZENE reacts violently with dimethylformamide. .

10.4 Conditions to avoid

no data available

10.5 Incompatible materials


10.6 Hazardous decomposition products

Dangerous; When heated to decomposition, emits toxic fumes of /hydrogen chloride/.

11.Toxicological information

Acute toxicity

  • Oral: LD50 Rat oral 3500 mg/kg
  • Inhalation: no data available
  • Dermal: no data available

Skin corrosion/irritation

no data available

Serious eye damage/irritation

no data available

Respiratory or skin sensitization

no data available

Germ cell mutagenicity

no data available


NTP: Reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen

Reproductive toxicity

One human study reported abnormal physical development in young children who ingested contaminated bread during a 4-year poisoning incident. Hexachlorobenzene has been found to decrease the survival rates of newborn animals and to cross the placenta and accumulate in fetal tissue in several animal species. Neurological, teratogenic, liver, and immune system effects have been reported in the offspring of animals orally exposed to hexachlorobenzene while they were pregnant.

STOT-single exposure

no data available

STOT-repeated exposure

no data available

Aspiration hazard

no data available

12.Ecological information

12.1 Toxicity

  • Toxicity to fish: LC50; Species: Pimephales promelas (fathead minnow) weight 0.7 g; Conditions: static bioassay, 20°C; Concentration: 22 mg/L for 96 hr @ 20°C (95% confidence limit) /technical 80-96%
  • Toxicity to daphnia and other aquatic invertebrates: no data available
  • Toxicity to algae: no data available
  • Toxicity to microorganisms: no data available

12.2 Persistence and degradability

Little to no biodegradation was noted in biodegradation screening tests(1,3,4), in activated sludge(2,5), or in soil(6-8). Measurement of CO2 evolution from suspended soil cultures over a 14-day incubation period were as follows: 0.4% under aerobic conditions, 0.2% under anaerobic conditions(9).

12.3 Bioaccumulative potential

BCF values of 2,700 to 4,800 were measured in carp exposed to 10 ug/L of hexachlorobenzene during an 8 week incubation period and BCF values of 1,600 to 3,900 were measured in carp exposed to 1 ug/L of hexachlorobenzene during an 8 week incubation period(1). Log BCF values in rainbow trout (Salmo gairdneri) were given as 3.7-4.3(2-4) and in fathead minnows (Pimephales promelas) and sunfish (Lepomis cyanellus) log BCF values of 4.21 and 4.34, respectively, were reported(3). After an 8-week exposure period of carp (Cyprinus carpio) to concentrations of 0.5 and 0.05 ug/L of hexachlorobenzene, the BCFs were 11,000-27,000 and 6,000-30,000, respectively(5). According to a classification scheme(6), these BCF values suggest that bioconcentration in aquatic organisms is very high, provided the compound is not metabolized by the organism(SRC).

12.4 Mobility in soil

A log Koc value of 5.5 (Koc of 3.2X10+5) was reported for hexachlorobenzene in freshwater river sediment(1). A log Koc value of 4.9 (Koc of 7.9X10+4) was reported for hexachlorobenzene in sediment obtained from the Ise Bay, Japan(2). Measured log Koc values of 3.6 (Koc of 4X10+3)(3) and 4.0 (Koc of 1X10+4)(4) were reported in soils. Log Koc values of 6.42 and 5.56 (Koc values of 2.6X10+6 and 3.6X10+5) were determined for two sediment layers from a lake(5). Hexachlorobenzene has measured log Koc value of 3.99 (Koc of 9.8X10+3) reported for soils(6). Hexachlorobenzene was found to desorb very slowly from sediment in water(7). According to a recommended classification scheme(8), these Koc values suggest that hexachlorobenzene is expected to be immobile in soil(SRC).

12.5 Other adverse effects

no data available

13.Disposal considerations

13.1 Disposal methods


The material can be disposed of by removal to a licensed chemical destruction plant or by controlled incineration with flue gas scrubbing. Do not contaminate water, foodstuffs, feed or seed by storage or disposal. Do not discharge to sewer systems.

Contaminated packaging

Containers can be triply rinsed (or equivalent) and offered for recycling or reconditioning. Alternatively, the packaging can be punctured to make it unusable for other purposes and then be disposed of in a sanitary landfill. Controlled incineration with flue gas scrubbing is possible for combustible packaging materials.

14.Transport information

14.1 UN Number

ADR/RID: UN2729 IMDG: UN2729 IATA: UN2729

14.2 UN Proper Shipping Name


14.3 Transport hazard class(es)

ADR/RID: 6.1 IMDG: 6.1 IATA: 6.1

14.4 Packing group, if applicable


14.5 Environmental hazards

ADR/RID: yes IMDG: yes IATA: yes

14.6 Special precautions for user

no data available

14.7 Transport in bulk according to Annex II of MARPOL 73/78 and the IBC Code

no data available

15.Regulatory information

15.1 Safety, health and environmental regulations specific for the product in question

Chemical name Common names and synonyms CAS number EC number
hexachlorobenzene hexachlorobenzene 118-74-1 none
European Inventory of Existing Commercial Chemical Substances (EINECS) Listed.
EC Inventory Listed.
United States Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory Listed.
China Catalog of Hazardous chemicals 2015 Listed.
New Zealand Inventory of Chemicals (NZIoC) Not Listed.
Philippines Inventory of Chemicals and Chemical Substances (PICCS) Listed.
Vietnam National Chemical Inventory Not Listed.
Chinese Chemical Inventory of Existing Chemical Substances (China IECSC) Listed.

16.Other information

Information on revision

Creation Date Aug 15, 2017
Revision Date Aug 15, 2017

Abbreviations and acronyms

  • CAS: Chemical Abstracts Service
  • ADR: European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road
  • RID: Regulation concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Rail
  • IMDG: International Maritime Dangerous Goods
  • IATA: International Air Transportation Association
  • TWA: Time Weighted Average
  • STEL: Short term exposure limit
  • LC50: Lethal Concentration 50%
  • LD50: Lethal Dose 50%
  • EC50: Effective Concentration 50%


  • IPCS - The International Chemical Safety Cards (ICSC), website: http://www.ilo.org/dyn/icsc/showcard.home
  • HSDB - Hazardous Substances Data Bank, website: https://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/newtoxnet/hsdb.htm
  • IARC - International Agency for Research on Cancer, website: http://www.iarc.fr/
  • eChemPortal - The Global Portal to Information on Chemical Substances by OECD, website: http://www.echemportal.org/echemportal/index?pageID=0&request_locale=en
  • CAMEO Chemicals, website: http://cameochemicals.noaa.gov/search/simple
  • ChemIDplus, website: http://chem.sis.nlm.nih.gov/chemidplus/chemidlite.jsp
  • ERG - Emergency Response Guidebook by U.S. Department of Transportation, website: http://www.phmsa.dot.gov/hazmat/library/erg
  • Germany GESTIS-database on hazard substance, website: http://www.dguv.de/ifa/gestis/gestis-stoffdatenbank/index-2.jsp
  • ECHA - European Chemicals Agency, website: https://echa.europa.eu/

Disclaimer: The above information is believed to be correct but does not purport to be all inclusive and shall be used only as a guide. The information in this document is based on the present state of our knowledge and is applicable to the product with regard to appropriate safety precautions. It does not represent any guarantee of the properties of the product. We as supplier shall not be held liable for any damage resulting from handling or from contact with the above product.
MSDS Expand
13C NMR : in CDCl3Expand

NMR Spectrum 13C NMR : in CDCl3


C6 Cl6 0.5 ml : 1.5 ml CDCl3

ppm Int. Assign.
132.38 1000 1

IR : KBr discExpand
Mass spectrum (electron ionization)Expand
Raman : 4880 A,200 M,powderExpand

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