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Document ID (ISN)107083
CIS number 07-1141
ISBN(s) 92-832-1288-6
Year 2006
Convention or series no. IARC Monographs Volume 88
International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)
Title IARC monographs on the evaluation of carcinogenic risks to humans - Formaldehyde, 2-butoxyethanol, and 1-tert-butoxypropan-2-ol
Bibliographic information World Health Organization, Distribution and Sales Service, 1211 Genève 27, Switzerland, 2006. v, 478p. Illus. Bibl.ref. Index. Price: USD 40.00.
Abstract This volume re-evaluates the available evidence on the carcinogenic potential of formaldehyde, a substance that is widely used in binders for wood, paper; glass wool and rock wool, in plastics and coatings, textile finishing and chemical synthesis, and as a disinfectant and preservative. Also evaluated are two glycol ethers, 2-butoxyethanol and 1-tert-butoxypropan-2-ol, which are widely used as solvents in paints and paint thinners, coatings, glass and surface cleaners, inks, adhesives, personal-care products, and as chemical intermediates. Summary of final evaluations: formaldehyde is classified in Group 1 (carcinogenic to humans); 2-butoxyetahnol and 1-tert-butoxypropan-2-ol are classified in Group 3 (cannot be classified as to carcinogenicity to humans).
Descriptors (primary) formaldehyde; carcinogens; propylene glycol mono-tert-butyl ether; carcinogenic effects; butoxyethanol; IARC; WHO
Descriptors (secondary) mutagenic effects; binders; leukaemia; chemical industry; nasal cancer; inks; paints; glass fibre; mineral wool; pharyngeal cancer; adhesives; solvents; plastic coating; epidemiologic study; glossary; criteria document; literature survey
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceFrance
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Genetic factors in reaction to exposures
Glycol ethers
IARC Monographs