VCM production takes place in an integrated balanced process, comprising three units, direct chlorination, oxychlorination and ethylene dichloride (EDC) cracking. Around 99% of VCM is used in the production of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and co-polymers. VCM is extremely flammable and known as a human carcinogen. Large fires triggered by VCM are difficult to extinguish. It has dangerous toxic effects when absorbed by the skin or inhaled. It also causes severe irritation of the eyes.
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