Ethylene oxide - ETO C2H4O

Find here the essential information on ethylene oxide or ETO (C2H4O): characteristics, effects on health, detection equipment - C2H4O ethylene oxide detector - and appropriate respiratory protection (gas mask or powered air purifying respirator with AX gas filter).

Ethylene oxide - ETO properties

Ethylene oxide (C2H4O) - also known as ETO - was massively used during the First World War to produce refrigerant fluid and poison gas. Nowadays it is essentially synthetized and used as a raw material by the chemical industry (antifreeze and polyester resin) or exploited for its disinfectant properties in the pharmaceutical, food and textile industries.

CAS TWA (8 hours) STEL (15 minutes) LEL IP Density / Air Filter / SCBA
75-21-8 1 ppm 5 ppm 3 % 10.56 eV 1.49 AX

Ethylene oxide - ETO effects on health

Ethylene oxide (ETO) is a colorless gas with a sweet apple smell. This gas is toxic by inhalation (R23) or in contact with the skin, eyes and breathing system (R36/37/38). The IARC* noticed a link between exposure to ETO and some kinds of cancer (R45) or inheritable genetic damages (R46) in case of chronic exposure. As it is flammable (R12), it can form explosive gaseous mixtures with or without contact with air (R6).

*IARC: International Agency for Research on Cancer (depends on WHO World Health Organization)

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