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Document ID (ISN)104435
CIS number 05-642
ISSN - Serial title 0014-6269 - Face au risque
Year 2005
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Cicolella A.
Title Exposures to glycol ethers: Current situation
Original title Exposition aux Úthers de glycol: Útat des lieux [in French]
Bibliographic information May 2005, No.413, p.21-24. Illus.
Abstract Glycol ethers are used in many areas, particularly in paints, but also in inks, varnishes and cutting fluids. Ethylene glycol derivatives (also known as E-series glycol ethers) are known to be genotoxic and to cause reproductive toxicity. Some products are carcinogens. They have been largely replaced by the less toxic propylene glycol derivatives (P-series glycol ethers). This article reviews the current situation with respect to occupational exposures to glycol ethers and examines resulting health hazards. Contents: European classification and regulations; official position of the Consumer Safety Commission regarding the full substitution of the E-series; kidney diseases; view of the chemical industry; recent research findings.
Descriptors (primary) toxic effects; glycol ethers; cutting fluids; paints; varnishes; inks
Descriptors (secondary) antifertility effects; carcinogens; chemical industry; legal aspects; classification; substitution; teratogenic effects; nephrotoxic effects; endocrine effects; European Union
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFrance
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Glycol ethers
Genetic factors in reaction to exposures