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Document ID (ISN)61647
CIS number 94-295
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 1993
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Lin C.K., Chen R.Y.
Title Survey of glycol ether use in Taiwan, 1991
Bibliographic information July 1993, Vol.24, No.1, p.101-108. 9 ref.
Abstract Recently, E-series glycol ethers have been found to show reproductive and teratogenic toxicity, and throughout much of the world they are being replaced by the so-called P-series glycol ethers. In responding to the impact of the worldwide transition from E- to P-series glycol ethers, the current status of glycol ether use in Taiwan was studied. This study found that large quantities of E-series glycol ethers were imported and used in Taiwan. The best estimates are: 2-ME, 2,500 tons; 2-EE, 1,200 tons; 2-EEA, 5,000-8,000 tons; 2-BE, 8,000 tons annually in 1991. For P-series glycol ethers, only about 2,500 tons are being used. Lack of knowledge about the potential toxic effects of the E-series glycol ethers is very common among users, regulatory agencies, academic institutes, and the general public. It is hoped that the results of this study, along with educational efforts, government regulations, and provision of technical services, will help prevent Taiwan becoming a dumping site for these toxic chemicals.
Descriptors (primary) Taiwan (China); propylene glycol; toxic substances; ethylene glycol
Descriptors (secondary) antifertility effects; developing countries; teratogenic effects
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceTaiwan (China)
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Genetic factors in reaction to exposures