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ETHYLENE GLYCOL MONOBUTYL ETHER ICSC: 0059
Date of Peer Review: May 2003

2-Butoxyethanol
Monobutyl glycol ether
Butyl oxitol
EGBE
Butyl cellosolve
CAS # 111-76-2 C6H14O2 / CH3(CH2)2CH2OCH2CH2OH
RTECS # KJ8575000 Molecular mass: 118.2
UN # 2810
EC # 603-014-00-0
TYPES OF HAZARD / EXPOSURE ACUTE HAZARDS / SYMPTOMS PREVENTION FIRST AID / FIRE FIGHTING
FIRE Combustible.
NO open flames.
Powder, alcohol-resistant foam, water spray, carbon dioxide.
EXPLOSION Above 60C explosive vapour/air mixtures may be formed.
Above 60C closed system, ventilation.
In case of fire: keep drums, etc., cool by spraying with water.
EXPOSURE
PREVENT GENERATION OF MISTS!

Inhalation Cough. Dizziness. Drowsiness. Headache. Nausea. Weakness.
Ventilation, local exhaust, or breathing protection.
Fresh air, rest. Refer for medical attention.
Skin MAY BE ABSORBED! Dry skin. (Further see Inhalation).
Protective gloves. Protective clothing.
Remove contaminated clothes. Rinse skin with plenty of water or shower. Refer for medical attention.
Eyes Redness. Pain. Blurred vision.
Safety goggles or eye protection in combination with breathing protection.
First rinse with plenty of water for several minutes (remove contact lenses if easily possible), then take to a doctor.
Ingestion Abdominal pain. Diarrhoea. Nausea. Vomiting. (Further see Inhalation).
Do not eat, drink, or smoke during work.
Rinse mouth. Give plenty of water to drink. Refer for medical attention.
SPILLAGE DISPOSAL PACKAGING & LABELLING
Collect leaking and spilled liquid in sealable containers as far as possible. Wash away remainder with plenty of water. Remove all ignition sources. Personal protection: filter respirator for organic gases and vapours.
Airtight. Do not transport with food and feedstuffs.
EU Classification
Symbol: Xn
R: 20/21/22-36/38
S: (2-)-36/37-46
UN Classification
UN Hazard Class: 6.1
UN Pack Group: III
EMERGENCY RESPONSE STORAGE
Transport Emergency Card: TEC (R)-61GT1-III
NFPA Code: H2; F2; R0
Separated from strong oxidants, food and feedstuffs. Cool. Keep in the dark.
IPCS
International
Programme on
Chemical Safety
Prepared in the context of cooperation between the International Programme on Chemical Safety and the Commission of the European Communities IPCS, CEC 1999

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ETHYLENE GLYCOL MONOBUTYL ETHER ICSC: 0059
IMPORTANT DATA
PHYSICAL STATE; APPEARANCE:
COLOURLESS LIQUID, WITH CHARACTERISTIC ODOUR.

CHEMICAL DANGERS:
The substance can form explosive peroxides. Reacts with strong oxidants causing fire and explosion hazard.

OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE LIMITS:
TLV: (as TWA) 20 ppm; A3 (confirmed animal carcinogen with unknown relevance to humans); (ACGIH 2004).
MAK: 20 ppm, 98 mg/m; Peak limitation category: II(4); skin absorption (H); Pregnancy risk group: C; (DFG 2004).
ROUTES OF EXPOSURE:
The substance can be absorbed into the body by inhalation and through the skin, and by ingestion.

INHALATION RISK:
A harmful contamination of the air will be reached rather slowly on evaporation of this substance at 20C.

EFFECTS OF SHORT-TERM EXPOSURE:
The substance is irritating to the eyes, the skin and the respiratory tract. The substance may cause effects on the central nervous system, blood, kidneys and liver.

EFFECTS OF LONG-TERM OR REPEATED EXPOSURE:
The liquid defats the skin.
PHYSICAL PROPERTIES
Boiling point: 171C
Melting point: -75C
Relative density (water = 1): 0.90
Solubility in water: miscible
Vapour pressure, kPa at 20C: 0.10
Relative vapour density (air = 1): 4.1
Relative density of the vapour/air-mixture at 20C (air = 1): 1.03
Flash point: 60C c.c.
Auto-ignition temperature: 238C
Explosive limits, vol% in air: 1.1 at 93C-12.7 at 135C
Octanol/water partition coefficient as log Pow: 0.830
ENVIRONMENTAL DATA

NOTES
Check for peroxides prior to distillation; eliminate if found.
Card has been partly updated in April 2005. See section Occupational Exposure Limits.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


LEGAL NOTICE Neither the CEC nor the IPCS nor any person acting on behalf of the CEC or the IPCS is responsible for the use which might be made of this information
IPCS, CEC 1999
See Also:
        2-Butoxyethanol (CHEMINFO)