International Chemical Safety Cards

2-BUTOXYETHANOL ICSC: 0059
2-BUTOXYETHANOL
Ethylene glycol monobutyl ether
Monobutyl glycol ether
C6H14O2/CH3(CH2)2CH2OCH2CH2OH
Molecular mass: 118.2
CAS # 111-76-2
RTECS # KJ8575000
ICSC # 0059
UN # 2369
EC # 603-014-00-0
TYPES OF
HAZARD/
EXPOSURE
ACUTE HAZARDS/
SYMPTOMS
PREVENTION FIRST AID/
FIRE FIGHTING
FIRE Combustible.
NO open flames. NO contact with oxidizing agents.
Powder, alcohol-resistant foam, water spray, carbon dioxide.
EXPLOSION Above 61C explosive vapour/air mixtures may be formed.
Above 61C closed system, ventilation.
In case of fire: keep drums, etc., cool by spraying with water.
EXPOSURE
PREVENT GENERATION OF MISTS!
IN ALL CASES CONSULT A DOCTOR!
  • INHALATION
  • Cough, drowsiness, headache, nausea.
    Ventilation, local exhaust, or breathing protection.
    Fresh air, rest, and 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, and 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, induce vomiting (ONLY IN CONSCIOUS PERSONS!), and refer for medical attention.
    SPILLAGE DISPOSAL STORAGE PACKAGING & LABELLING
    Collect leaking and spilled liquid in sealable containers as far as possible, wash away remainder with plenty of water.
    Separated from strong oxidants, food and feedstuffs; keep in the dark.
    Airtight. Do not transport with food and feedstuffs.
    Xn symbol
    R: 20/21/22-37
    S: 24/25
    UN Haz Class: 6.1
    UN Pack Group: III
    SEE IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON BACK
    ICSC: 0059 Prepared in the context of cooperation between the International Programme on Chemical Safety & the Commission of the European Communities © IPCS CEC 1993

    International Chemical Safety Cards

    2-BUTOXYETHANOL ICSC: 0059

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    PHYSICAL STATE; APPEARANCE:
    COLOURLESS LIQUID , WITH CHARACTERISTIC ODOUR.

    PHYSICAL DANGERS:


    CHEMICAL DANGERS:
    The substance can form explosive peroxides. The substance decomposes, producing toxic fumes. Reacts with strong oxidants, causing fire and explosion hazard.

    OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE LIMITS (OELs):
    TLV: 25 ppm; 121 mg/m3 (as TWA) (skin) (ACGIH 1992-1993)


    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 irritates the eyes, the skin, and the respiratory tract. Exposure could cause central nervous system depression and liver and kidney damage.

    EFFECTS OF LONG-TERM OR REPEATED EXPOSURE:
    The liquid defats the skin. The substance may have effects on the the hematopoietic system , resulting in blood disorders.
    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): 1.00
    Flash point: (c.c.) 61C
    Auto-ignition temperature: 238C
    Explosive limits, vol% in air: 1.1-12.7
    Octanol/water partition coefficient as log Pow: 0.830
    ENVIRONMENTAL
    DATA
    This substance may be hazardous to the environment; special attention should be given to the water environment and aquifer.
    NOTES
    Depending on the degree of exposure, periodic medical examination is indicated. Check for peroxides prior to distillation; render harmless if positive. Keep in dark because of possible formation of explosive peroxides.
    NFPA Code: H 2; F 2; R 0
    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


    ICSC: 0059 2-BUTOXYETHANOL
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