Chemical analysis of ethylene glycol

Chemical analysis of ethylene glycol

Problem description:
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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