1,2-Dichloropropane (DCP)

Also known as: Propylene dichloride, Dichloropropane
Chemical reference number (CAS): 78-87-5

What is 1,2-Dichloropropane?

1,2-Dichloropropane (dichloropropane) is a colorless, flammable solvent that evaporates quickly at room temperature. It’s used as degreaser and dry cleaning fluid. Previously it was used as an insecticide. Dichloropropane is not found in household products.

Dichloropropane is flammable. Keep the liquid and its vapors away from sparks and open flames.

When dichloropropane enters the environment, it can seep into the groundwater or evaporate into the air.

Can a medical test determine exposure to 1,2-Dichloropropane?

For those individuals with frequent or potentially high level exposures, the following medical tests may be appropriate:

  • Liver and kidney function tests,
  • Neurological examinations, and
  • Evaluation of male fertility status.

Any evaluation should include a careful history of past and present symptoms.

 Seek medical advice if you have any symptoms that you think may be related to chemical exposure.

(P-44599  Revised 3/2000)

This fact sheet summarizes information about this chemical and is not a complete listing of all possible effects. It does not refer to work exposure or emergency situations.


Last Revised: December 2, 2014