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Dicofol - Identification, toxicity, use, water pollution potential, ecological toxicity and regulatory information

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Identifying information, including synonyms, ID numbers, use type, chemical classification, a link to a list of all products containing this chemical and a list of the top crops this pesticide is used on in California.
Signs and symptoms of poisoning, first aid, and links to treatment information for this chemical.
Link to information on toxicity to humans, including carcinogenicity, reproductive and developmental toxicity, neurotoxicity, and acute toxicity.
Links to world-wide registration status as well as regulatory information for the U.S. and California.
Water quality standards and physical properties affecting water contamination potential.
Toxicity to aquatic organisms.
List of chemicals in the same family, including breakdown products, salts, esters, isomers, and other derivatives.

Chemical Identification and Use for Dicofol

Basic Identification Information About This Chemical
Chemical Name: Dicofol
CAS Number: 115-32-2
U.S. EPA PC Code: 010501
CA DPR Chem Code: 346
Molecular Weight: 370.51
Molecular Structure:
Use Type: Insecticide
Chem Class: Organochlorine
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Additional Resources About This Chemical Class and Use Type
Historical Use of this Chemical
Top five crops and sites for this pesticide in California
Cotton   Succulent Beans   Dried Beans   Walnuts   Beans  
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Other Names for this Chemical
About Chemical Synonyms
(US EPA PC Code ) , 010501 (US EPA PC Code Text ) , 047 (PDP Code) , 1,1-Bis(chlorophenyl)-2,2,2-trichloroethanol , 115-32-2 (CAS number) , 115322 , 115322 (CAS number without hyphens) , 2,2,2-Trichloro-1,1-bis(p-chlorophenyl)ethanol , 254 (PDP Code) , 346 (CA DPR Chem Code) ) , 4,4'-Dichloro-a-(trichloromethyl)benzhydrol , 4-Chloro-alpha-(4-chlorophenyl)-alpha-(trichloromethyl)benzenemethanol , Acarin , Benzenemethanol, 4-chloro-.alpha.-(4-chlorophenyl)-.alpha.-(trichloromethyl)- , Carbax , Cekudifol , Di(p-chlorophenyl)trichloromethylcarbinol , Dicofol , DICOFOL (CA DPR Chem Code Text ) , Dicofol (Kelthane) , Dicofol p,pÕ , Dicofol [Benzenemethanol, 4-chloro-.alpha.-4-(chlorophenyl)-.alpha.-(trichloromethyl)-] , Dicofol, p,pÕ , DTMC , ENT 23,648 , ENT 23648 , Ethanol, 1,1-bis(p-chlorophenyl)-2,2,2-trichloro- , FW 293 , Hifol , Kelthane , Milbol , Mitigan
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Signs and Symptoms of Dicofol Poisoning

NOTE! There may be other diseases and chemicals that have similar symptoms.

If you have a poisoning emergency in the United States call 1-800-222-1222.
If the victim has collapsed or is unconscious, call 911.

Dicofol is a Organochlorine compound.

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Symptoms of Poisoning with Organochlorine Compounds
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- Hypersensitive to stimulation, sensation of prickling, tingling or creeping on skin.
- Headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, incoordination, tremor, mental confusion, hyperexcitable state.
- In severe cases: convulsions, seizures, coma and respiratory depression.

Source for Group Symptoms: Recognition and Management of Pesticide Poisoning, 5th edition, U.S. EPA, Chapter 6.

Treatment for Organochlorine Poisoning

See: Recognition and Management of Pesticide Poisoning, 5th edition, U.S. EPA, Chapter 6, page 58.

Symptoms of Dicofol Exposure from the International Chemical Safety Cards (ICSC)

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Route of Exposure


First Aid

Inhalation Confusion. Convulsions. Cough. Dizziness. Headache. Nausea. Vomiting. Weakness. Disorientation. Fresh air rest. Refer for medical attention.
Skin Redness. Remove contaminated clothes. Rinse and then wash skin with water and soap.
Eyes Redness. First rinse with plenty of water for several minutes (remove contact lenses if easily possible) then take to a doctor.
Ingestion Abdominal pain. Diarrhoea. (Further see Inhalation). Rinse mouth. Give a slurry of activated charcoal in water to drink. Refer for medical attention.
Notes for ICSC Information
The appearance and physical properties of technical products can differ from those of the pure substance. Carrier solvents used in commercial formulations may change physical and toxicological properties. Acarin Carbax Kelthane and Mitigan are trade names.

Toxicity Information for Dicofol

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Summary Toxicity Information

PAN Bad Actor
Carcinogen Cholinesterase
Water Contaminant
Developmental or
Reproductive Toxin
Possible No
Indicates high toxicity in the given toxicological category. Indicates no available weight-of-the-evidence summary assessment. For additional information on toxicity from scientific journals or registration documents, see the "Additional Resources for Toxicity " section of the chemical detail page.
1. PAN Bad Actors are chemicals that are one or more of the following: highly acutely toxic, cholinesterase inhibitor, known/probable carcinogen, known groundwater pollutant or known reproductive or developmental toxicant. NOTE! Because there are no authoritative lists of Endocrine Disrupting (ED) chemicals, EDs are not yet considered PAN Bad Actor chemicals.
2. The acute toxicity reported on this page is of the pure chemical ingredient only and may not reflect the acute toxicity of individual pesticide products. To view acute toxicity of individual products, click on 'View Products' link in the 'Chemical Identification' section above.

Detailed Toxicity Information

Acute Toxicity 2
WHO Acute Hazard
TRI Acute Hazard
Material Safety Data Sheets
Acute rating from U.S. EPA product label
U.S. NTP Acute Toxicity Studies
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Cholinesterase Inhibitor
III, Slightly Hazardous
Not Listed
Not Available
Slightly Toxic
Slightly to Highly Toxic

2. The acute toxicity reported on this page is of the pure chemical ingredient only and may not reflect the acute toxicity of individual pesticide products. To view acute toxicity of individual products, click on 'View Products' link in the 'Chemical Identification' section above.
Cancer Information
IARC Carcinogens
U.S. NTP Carcinogens
California Prop 65 Known Carcinogens
U.S. EPA Carcinogens
TRI Carcinogen
3, Unclassifiable
Not Listed
Not Listed
C, Possible
Not Listed
Endocrine Disruption
Illinois EPA list
Keith list
Colborn list
Benbrook list
Danish Inert list
EU list
Not listed
Reproductive and Developmental Toxicity
CA Prop 65 Developmental Toxin
U.S. TRI Developmental Toxin
CA Prop 65 Female Reproductive Toxin
CA Prop 65 Male Reproductive Toxin
U.S. TRI Reproductive Toxin
Not Listed
Not Listed
Not Listed
Not Listed
Not Listed
Chemicals of Special Concern
PAN Bad Actors
PAN Dirty Dozen list
Not Listed

Water Pollution Potential and Criteria for Dicofol

Water Pollution Potential

PAN Ground Water Contaminant Rating Insufficient Data
Physical Property Data Related to Water Contamination Potential
Water Solubility (Avg, mg/L)
Adsorption Coefficient (Koc)
Hydrolysis Half-life (Avg, Days)
Aerobic Soil Half-life (Avg, Days)
Anaerobic Soil Half-life (Avg, Days)

Sorry, no water quality standards or criteria have been established for this chemical by the U.S. or Canadian governments; however, there may be criteria established for related chemicals.


Regulatory Information for Dicofol

International Regulatory Status

UNEP Persistent Organic Pollutant (POP)
UNEP Prior Informed Consent Chemical (PIC)
WHO Obsolete Pesticide
Not Listed
Not Listed
Not Listed

U.S. and California Regulatory Status

U.S. EPA Registered
U.S. EPA Hazardous Air Pollutant
U.S. EPA Minimum Risk Pesticide (25b list)

CA Registered
CA Groundwater Contaminant
CA Toxic Air Contaminant
Not Listed

Not Listed
Not Listed

Maximum Tolerance and Residue Levels

Codex Alimentarius
   (UN FAO Maximum Residue Limits)
U.S. Maximum Tolerance Levels
European Union Maximum Residue Levels
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Ecotoxicity for Dicofol

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Aquatic Ecotoxicity

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Amphibians Genetics, Mortality
Annelida Mortality
Crustaceans Biochemistry, Development, Enzyme(s), Feeding Behavior, Mortality, Physiology
Fish Accumulation, Behavior, Biochemistry, Genetics, Growth, Morphology, Mortality
Insects Behavior, Feeding Behavior, Mortality, Physiology
Molluscs Intoxication, Mortality
Phytoplankton Population
Zooplankton Accumulation, Development, Growth, Intoxication, Mortality, Population, Reproduction
~ Un-Assigned Mortality
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Summary of Acute Toxicity for Organism Group
Organism Group Average Acute Toxicity Acute Toxicity Range
Crustaceans Highly Toxic Highly Toxic
Fish Highly Toxic Moderate to Very High Toxicity
Insects Highly Toxic Highly Toxic
Molluscs Moderately Toxic Moderate Toxicity
Zooplankton Moderately Toxic Moderate to High Toxicity
~ Un-Assigned Moderately Toxic Moderate Toxicity
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Terrestrial Ecotoxicity

Summary of Acute Toxicity for Organism Group

Sorry, no honeybee acute toxicity data available for this chemical. Try related chemicals.

Note: Population-level effects on honeybees may occur even if a pesticide has low acute toxicity. For example, certain pesticides interfere with honeybee reproduction, ability to navigate, or temperature regulation, any of which can have an effect on long-term survival of honeybee colonies. The neonicotinoids, pyrethroids and keto-enol pesticides are some types of pesticides causing one or more of these effects.
Honeybee Chronic Toxicity

Sorry, no honeybee chronic toxicity data available for this chemical. Try related chemicals.

Related Chemicals for Dicofol

CAS Number Relation Reason Chemical Name Chem Detail Symptoms California Use Chem Use Type U.S. EPA Reg PAN Bad Actor
115-32-2 Parent P Dicofol View View View Insecticide Yes Yes
Related 6 Dicofol o,p View View View Insecticide No Not Listed
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