Colorless liquid with a strong, pungent acrid odor. Used as a bactericide and fungicide, especially in food processing; as a reagent in making caprolactam and glycerol; as an oxidant for preparing epoxy compounds; as a bleaching agent; a sterilizing agent; and as a polymerization catalyst for polyester resins.
DESOXON 1®; ESTOSTERIL®; OSBON
AC®; OXYMASTER®; PROXITANE®
This is a very toxic compound. The probable human oral lethal dose is 50-500 mg/kg, or between 1 teaspoon and 1 ounce for a 150 pound person.
Air & Water Reactions
Soluble in water
colourless liquid with an acrid odour
Self-reactive. Peracids should be handled only in small quantities and with extreme care when pure or very concentrated. Organic peracids, such as Peroxyacetic acid, are so unstable that they may explode during distillation, even under reduced pressure [NFPA 1991].
Fungicide, Herbicide, Nematicide, Rodenticide,
Microbiocide: This compound is used as bactericide and fungicide,
especially in food processing, a reagent in making caprolactam
and glycerol; an oxidant for preparing epoxy compounds;
a bleaching agent; a sterilizing agent; and a polymerization
catalyst for polyester resins. Not approved for use in EU
countries. Registered for use in the U.S. and Canada.
Decomposes violently at 230F. When heated to decomposition, Peroxyacetic acid emits acrid smoke and fumes. Runoff to sewer may create a fire or explosion hazard. Powerful oxidizer. Isolate from other stored material, particularly accelerators, oxidizers, and organic or flammable materials. Avoid shock and heat. Hazardous polymerization may not occur.
Environmentally friendly biocide; disinfectant in the food and beverage industry; bleaching agent for textiles and paper. Oxidizing agent in organic synthesis.