How can I avoid it? 
Products that contain Pyrocatechol must be avoided.  This can be accomplished by reading labels, package inserts, and material safety data sheets.

Avoidance requires reading the product labels, package inserts, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), and on occasion, direct communication with the manufacturer. 

Uses:
  • Topical antiseptic, reagent
  • Antifungal preservative on seed potato pieces
  • Photographic developer
  • Developer in fur dyes
  • Antioxidant in many industries including rubber, chemical, dye, photographic, pharmaceutical, fat, cosmetics, and oil. 
  • Pesticides
Other names for Pyrocatechol: 
  • 1,2-Benzenediol   
  • Benzene-1,2-Diol 
  • Catechol 
  • Fouramine 68 
  • 1,2-Dihydroxybenzene 
  • 2-Hydroxyphenol 
  • o-Phenylenediol 
  • Pyrocatechin 
  • Pyrocatechuic acid
  • Phthalhydroquinone

Potential cross-reacting/co-reacting substances:
  • Hydroquinone
  • Resorcin
 

How safe is it?

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