Tertiary Butyl Acetate (TBA) is an organic solvent with a molecular formula of 540-88-5. It is a widely used solvent in industrial coatings, inks, degreasers, and adhesives. Its metabolism has been studied in rats exposed to TBAC for six hours, and partial saturation was observed after three days. Its toxicity is unknown.
Tertiary butyl acetate is a colorless, flammable liquid that is produced by the hydrolysis of isobutylene and acetic acid. It is also a volatile organic compound, which means that it has a high potential for producing dangerous vapor. For this reason, it is not recommended for workplace use. For this reason, it is not listed in OSHA’s classification of air pollutants.
In addition to causing cancer, Tertiary Butyl Acetate is also a suspected carcinogen. The chemical is produced in a synthesis process that uses isobutylene and acetic acid. While it is not a carcinogen, it can cause allergic reactions. It can be highly harmful if ingested by humans. However, it is safe to consume in small amounts. For instance, in March 2022, AZZ, Inc., a metal coating solutions provider in the U.S., acquired DAAM Galvanizing Co. Limited to broaden its portfolio of hot-dip galvanizing services into Western Canada.
If a person is exposed toTertiary Butyl Acetate, they should move to a well-ventilated area and perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. If necessary, keep the affected person warm and at rest. If the patient is suffering from an allergic reaction, seek medical attention immediately. The toxicity of tertiary butyl acetate is unknown, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers it to be a low-level vapor phase chemical and exempt from regulations.
At high concentrations, tertiary butyl acetate is toxic to the respiratory tract and eyes. It also affects the central nervous system (CNS) and can cause respiratory irritation. Further, it has been found to be a CNS depressant and a narcotic. Despite its safety, TBAC is a highly flammable chemical. It is a very common solvent, but it does not react with ozone.