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Occupational fatalities associated with 2,4-dichlorophenol (2,4-DCP) exposure, 1980-1998.
MMWR 2000 Jun; 49(23):516-518
2,4-Dichlorophenol (2,4-DCP) is a feedstock chemical primarily used to produce the herbicide 2,4-dichloropheoxyacetic acid (2,4-D). In October 1998, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was notified of the death of a worker acutely exposed to 2,4-DCP. Follow-up investigation by EPA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) identified four earlier deaths associated with acute 2,4-DCP exposure, which occurred during 1980--1992. All of these incidents resulted in rapid death after dermal exposure to the heated liquid form of the chemical. This report describes the five deaths associated with 2,4-DCP exposure (presented in the order in which they were identified) and provides recommendations for preventing additional deaths.
Occupational hazards; Mortality rates; Mortality data; Herbicides; Occupational exposure; Acute exposure
Issue of Publication
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Page last reviewed: June 15, 2021
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division