CAS ID #: 75-21-8
Affected Organ Systems: Dermal (Skin), Developmental (effects during periods when organs are developing) , Neurological (Nervous System), Ocular (Eyes), Renal (Urinary System or Kidneys)
Cancer Classification: NTP: Known to be a Human Carcinogen
Chemical Classification: None
Summary: Ethylene oxide is a flammable gas with a somewhat sweet odor. It dissolves easily in water. Ethylene oxide is a man-made chemical that is used primarily to make ethylene glycol (a chemical used to make antifreeze and polyester). A small amount (less than 1%) is used to control insects in some stored agricultural products and a very small amount is used in hospitals to sterilize medical equipment and supplies.
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Toxicological and Health Professionals
Succinctly characterizes the toxicologic and adverse health effects information for a hazardous substance.
The MRL is an estimate of the daily human exposure to a hazardous substance that is likely to be without appreciable risk of adverse, non-cancer health effects over a specified duration of exposure. The information in this MRL serves as a screening tool to help public health professionals decide where to look more closely to evaluate possible risk of adverse health effects from human exposure.
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