Ethanol - C2H6O

This page presents information about ethanol (C2H6O) - or ethylic alcohol - characteristics, effects on health, detection devices & systems - ethanol gas detector - and respiratory protective equipment (gas mask or powered air purifying respirator with A gas filter) against these vapors.

Ethanol (C2H6O) properties

Sugar fermentation into ethanol (C2H6O) - also known as ethylic alcohol or alcohol - is one of the oldest biotechnologies used to produce alcoholic beverages. It is used as a solvent or disinfectant in industries and as a raw material to produce many compounds. If concentrated and hydrated, ethanol becomes bioethanol - a biofuel (European E85) - that is mixed with gasoline or diesel.

CAS TWA (8 hours) STEL (15 minutes) LEL IP Density / Air Filter / SCBA
64-17-5 1 000 ppm 5 000 ppm 3.3 % 10.43 eV 1.59 A

Ethanol effects on health

Ethanol (C2H6O) is a colorless volatile liquid with a sweet smell detectable from 84 ppm. It can easily be inhaled or absorbed through skin. Intoxication acute symptoms by ingestion are well-known and essentially neuropsychic: intellectual and physical excitation, coordination deficiency then alcohol coma and even respiratory paralysis.

Ethanol gas detector - C2H6O

Ethanol vapor respiratory protection - C2H6O