Pure pentachlorophenol (PCP; CAS 87-86-5) is a colourless or white, needle-like crystal. Commercial grade PCP (86% purity) is a dark grey to brown solid with a phenolic, pungent smell.
Examples of work activities involving PCP that require special attention when assessing exposure include workers who:
- handle or process wood that has been preserved with PCP
- work near preserved wood processes
This guide provides information for those registered medical practitioners engaged by a PCBU to carry out or supervise health monitoring for workers. This guidance should be read in conjunction with the following: