Chemical analysis of ethylene glycol
As ethylene glycol is proposed for hydrate prohibition, the hazardous effects as well as selected physical properties together with hazards categories are analyzed in this report.
- Ethylene glycol has known health hazards, but not physical or environmental hazards.
- In health hazards, there is WARNING with respect to Oral toxicity (H302); Skin corrosion/irritation (H315); serious eye damage/irritation (H320); inhalation toxicity (H332).
- In health hazards, it is listed as DANGER with respect to reproductive toxicity (H360); specific target organ toxicity (H370, H372).
- Ethylene glycol is used as antifreeze in cooling and heating systems, in hydraulic brake fluids, as an industrial humectant, as an ingredient of electrolytic condensers, as a solvent in the paint and plastics industries, in the formulations of printers' inks, stamp pad inks, and inks for ballpoint pens, as a softening agent for cellophane, and in the synthesis of safety explosives, plasticizers, synthetic fibers and synthetic waxes.
- We would classify ethylene glycol as good, meaning it has a lot of applications because of favorable physical properties, but it must be used with caution and its release with water is a potential problem.
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