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Document ID (ISN)65933
CIS number 96-281
ISBN(s) 3-7776-0686-3
Year 1995
Convention or series no. BUA Report 141
Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh) - Advisory Committee on Existing Chemicals of Environmental Relevance (BUA)
Title Ethylene oxide
Bibliographic information S. Hirzel Verlag, P.O. Box 10 10 61, 70009 Stuttgart, Germany, 1995. xviii, 103p. Bibl.ref.
Abstract Conclusions of this criteria document, translation of a report finalized in February 1993: ethylene oxide may be absorbed by inhalation or through the skin. Acute exposure may cause irritation, erythema, oedema, blistering, corneal opalescence and respiratory obstruction. Inhalation and skin absorption may also cause systemic effects such as disorders of the central nervous system, breathing difficulties and dysrhythmia. Chronic exposure has also been reported to cause irritation and central nervous system symptoms. An increased rate of leukaemia and gastric carcinoma has been demonstrated in isolated studies but has not been verified in others. Several cases of sensitization have been reported.
Descriptors (primary) Germany; ecotoxicology; ethylene oxide; toxicology
Descriptors (secondary) toxic effects; neurotoxic effects; literature survey; irritants; leukaemia; skin absorption; criteria document; sensitizers; permissible levels; carcinogenic effects; legislation; translation; corneal damage
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceGermany
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Pollution control
Ethylene oxide