Parathion methyl

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Parathion methyl
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Names
IUPAC name
O,O-Dimethyl-O-p-nitrophenylphosphorothioate
Other names
Azophos, Methyl parathion, O,O-Dimethyl O-4-nitrophenyl phosphorothioate, O,O-Dimethyl-p-nitrophenylthionophosphate
Identifiers
3D model (Jmol)
ChemSpider
ECHA InfoCard 100.005.501
EC Number 015-035-00-7
RTECS number TG0175000
UN number 2783
Properties
(CH3O)2P(S)OC6H4NO2
Molar mass 263.2 g/mol
Appearance White to tan, crystalline solid or powder[1]
Odor pungent, garlic-like[1]
Density 1.36 g/mL (20°C)[1]
Melting point 37 °C; 99 °F; 310 K[1]
Boiling point 143 °C; 289 °F; 416 K[1]
0.006% (25°C)[1]
Vapor pressure 0.00001 mmHg (20°C)[1]
Hazards
Main hazards reactive with strong oxidizers and water[1]
Lethal dose or concentration (LD, LC):
67 mg/kg (rat, dermal)[2]
10-25 mg/kg (male rat, oral)[3]
24 mg/kg (female rat, oral)[3]
US health exposure limits (NIOSH):
PEL (Permissible)
none[1]
REL (Recommended)
TWA 0.2 mg/m3 [skin][1]
IDLH (Immediate danger)
N.D.[1]
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
Infobox references

Parathion methyl is an organophosphate pesticide and insecticide, possessing a organothiophosphate group. It is structurally very similar to parathion-ethyl.

Applications[edit]

Parathion methyl is used as an insecticide on crops, including cotton.[2]

Safety[edit]

People can be exposed to parathion methyl in the workplace by breathing it in, getting it on their skin, swallowing it, or getting it in their eyes. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has not set a legal limit (permissible exposure limit) for parathion methyl exposure in the workplace. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has set a recommended exposure limit (REL) of 0.2 mg/m3 over an 8-hour workday.[1]

Since it is an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor, symptoms of exposure to parathion methyl include irritated eyes and skin, nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, salivation, feeling weak and tired, headache, runny nose, tightness in the chest, blurry vision, pupil constriction, irregular heartbeat, muscle twitches (fasciculation), and difficulty breathing.[4][1]

Even though parathion methyl is classified as extremely hazardous, it is not classified as a carcinogen by any global agency.[2]

Classifications and restrictions[edit]

Parathion methyl - or methyl parathion as it is also called - has been restricted for many years. It is classified as Extremely Hazardous (Ia) by the World Health Organization and it is classified as Severely Hazardous by the Rotterdam Convention and is not allowed for sale and import in nearly all countries around the world, while a few allows it under subject to specified conditions only.[5][6][7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards #0427". National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). 
  2. ^ a b c "Skin notation profile: Methyl Parathion" (PDF). NIOSH. 
  3. ^ a b "Methyl Parathion". 1988 OSHA PEL Project Documentation. NIOSH. 28 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health B Critical Review (2003): Methyl parathion: a review of health effects., PubMed
  5. ^ CABI Plantwise: Plantwise Pesticide Red List
  6. ^ WHO (2010): The WHO Recommended Classification of Pesticides by Hazard, p5, IPCS
  7. ^ Rotterdam Convention: Annex III Chemicals
  8. ^ Annex III Chemicals: Methyl-parathion (Emulsifiable concentrates (EC) at or above 19.5% active ingredient and dusts at or above 1.5% active ingredient), Rotterdam Convention