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Document ID (ISN)78663
CIS number 02-575
ISBN(s) 92-4-153041-3
Year 2002
Convention or series no. CICAD No.41
Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals (IOMC)
Title Diethylene glycol dimethyl ether
Bibliographic information World Health Organization, Distribution and Sales Service, 1211 Genève 27, Switzerland, 2002. iv, 33p. Illus. 107 ref.
Internet access [in English]
Abstract Conclusions of this criteria document on diethylene glycol dimethyl ether: in vitro studies indicate that the product is not mutagenic nor genotoxic. Animal experiments show no chromosomal aberrations, and indicate low ingestion and inhalation toxicities. The primary form of exposure is by inhalation. Although not conclusive, the limited epidemiological studies involving exposed workers show some indication of reproductive effects (spontaneous abortions among women, lower sperm counts among men). Animal studies confirm the reproductive disorders, and possible mechanisms are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) IPCS; toxicology; diethylene glycol dimethyl ether
Descriptors (secondary) toxic effects; literature survey; antifertility effects; epidemiological aspects; criteria document; UNEP; WHO; ecotoxicology; animal experiments; ILO
Document type B - Chemical safety information sheets
Country / State or ProvinceWHO
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s)
Browse category(ies) Genetic factors in reaction to exposures
Glycol ethers