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Ethylene oxide : CAS#: 75-21-8
  • Published Date:
    July 1999
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    This fact sheet answers the most frequently asked health questions about ethylene oxide. For more information, you may call the ATSDR Information Center at 1-888-422-8737. This fact sheet is one in a series of summaries about hazardous substances and their health effects. It is important you understand this information because this substance may harm you. The effects of exposure to any hazardous substance depend on the dose, the duration, how you are exposed, personal traits and habits, and whether other chemicals are present.

    Large amounts of ethylene oxide are produced in the United States. Most of it is used to make other chemicals such as ethylene glycol, but smaller amounts are used as a pesticide or to sterilize medical equipment. Exposure to ethylene oxide can cause irritation of the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs, and damage to the brain and nerves. It has been found at 3 of the 1,177 National Priorities List sites identified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


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