Fact sheets

NICNAS assesses the risks of industrial chemicals to human health and the environment, and makes recommendations to other government agencies that regulate the use and disposal of chemicals.

These fact sheets are for a general audience and contain information about the risks of certain chemicals for industrial use in Australia, including recommendations for safe use.

Please note, our recommendations are not always implemented by chemical regulators. For the most up-to-date information about how a particular chemical is regulated in your State or Territory you will need to contact other government agencies. Read What we do for details about our regulatory partners.


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CAS number(s): 127-18-4

Tetrachloroethylene is imported mainly for use in the dry cleaning industry. It is also used in car care products and the coal, aerospace, printing, textile and film industries. It is more commonly known as perchloroethylene or 'perc'.


CAS number(s): 79-01-6

Trichloroethylene is a solvent used as a degreaser in vapour degreasing and for cold cleaning metals. It is also used in adhesives, electrical equipment cleaners, waterproofing agents, paint strippers and carpet shampoos.


CAS number(s): 3380-34-5

Triclosan is a chemical included in many consumer products at very low concentrations due to its antimicrobial activity. Triclosan is also used in the treatment of textiles and in plastics manufacture. It is imported into Australia as a raw chemical and as an ingredient in a large number of consumer products. It is used to formulate cosmetics and personal care products, therapeutic products and cleaning agents.

Triglycidylisocyanurate (TGIC)

CAS number(s): 2451-62-9

Triglycidylisocyanurate (TGIC) is used in various polyester powder coatings in the metal finishing industry.


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Trisphosphates are chiefly used as flame-retardants in the production of flexible and rigid foams. They are also used in some specialist rubber products, elastomers, fibreglass resins, and industrial paints, surface coatings and sealants.

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Last update 29 July 2018