International Chemical Safety Cards

ETHYLENE GLYCOL MONOMETHYL ETHER ICSC: 0061
World Health Organization (WHO) International Labour Organization (ILO) United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) European Commission National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
2-Methoxyethanol
Monomethyl glycol ether
Methyl oxitol
EGME
Methyl cellosolve
C3H8O2 / CH3OCH2CH2OH
Molecular mass: 76.1
3 Flammable Liquid placard ICSC #    0061
CAS #     109-86-4
RTECS # KL5775000
UN #        1188
EC #         603-011-00-4
August 05, 2003 Validated
TYPES OF HAZARD/ EXPOSURE ACUTE HAZARDS/ SYMPTOMS PREVENTION FIRST AID/
FIRE FIGHTING
FIRE Flammable.
NO open flames, NO sparks, and NO smoking.
Powder, alcohol-resistant foam, water spray, carbon dioxide.
EXPLOSION Above 39C explosive vapour/air mixtures may be formed.
Above 39C use a closed system, ventilation, and explosion-proof electrical equipment.
In case of fire: keep drums, etc., cool by spraying with water.
EXPOSURE
AVOID EXPOSURE OF (PREGNANT) WOMEN! STRICT HYGIENE!
IN ALL CASES CONSULT A DOCTOR!
 •INHALATION Confusion. Cough. Sore throat. Dizziness. Headache. Nausea. Unconsciousness. Vomiting. Weakness.
Ventilation, local exhaust, or breathing protection.
Fresh air, rest. Refer for medical attention.
 •SKIN MAY BE ABSORBED! (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.
Face shield, 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 STORAGE PACKAGING & LABELLING
Ventilation. Remove all ignition sources. Collect leaking and spilled liquid in sealable containers as far as possible. Wash away remainder with plenty of water. (Extra personal protection: filter respirator for organic gases and vapours.)
Fireproof. Separated from strong oxidants, food and feedstuffs . Keep in the dark. Cool.
Airtight. Do not transport with food and feedstuffs.
Note: E
T symbol
R: 60-61-10-20/21/22
S: 53-45
UN Hazard Class: 3
UN Packing Group: III
SEE IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON BACK
ICSC: 0061 Prepared in the context of cooperation between the International Programme on Chemical Safety & the Commission of the European Communities (C) IPCS CEC 1994. No modifications to the International version have been made except to add the OSHA PELs, NIOSH RELs and NIOSH IDLH values.

International Chemical Safety Cards

ETHYLENE GLYCOL MONOMETHYL ETHER ICSC: 0061
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PHYSICAL STATE; APPEARANCE:
COLOURLESS LIQUID , WITH CHARACTERISTIC ODOUR.

PHYSICAL DANGERS:


CHEMICAL DANGERS:
The substance can form explosive peroxides. Reacts with strong oxidants causing fire and explosion hazard. Attacks some forms of plastic, coatings.

OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE LIMITS:
TLV: 5 ppm as TWA; (skin); BEI issued; (ACGIH 2003).
MAK: 5 ppm, 16 mg/m; H;
Pregnancy risk group: B; Peak limitation category: II(8);
(DFG 2002).
OSHA PEL: TWA 25 ppm (80 mg/m3) skin
NIOSH REL: TWA 0.1 ppm (0.3 mg/m3) skin
NIOSH IDLH: 200 ppm See: 109864


ROUTES OF EXPOSURE:
The substance can be absorbed into the body by inhalation, through the skin and by ingestion.

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

EFFECTS OF SHORT-TERM EXPOSURE:
The substance is mildly irritating to the eyes and the respiratory tract . The substance may cause effects on the central nervous system , blood , bone marrow , kidneys and liver . Exposure at high levels may result in unconsciousness. Medical observation is indicated.

EFFECTS OF LONG-TERM OR REPEATED EXPOSURE:
The liquid defats the skin. The substance may have effects on the blood and bone marrow , resulting in anaemia and lesions of blood cells . May cause toxicity to human reproduction or development.
PHYSICAL
PROPERTIES
Boiling point: 125C
Melting point: -85C
Relative density (water = 1): 0.96
Solubility in water: miscible
Vapour pressure, kPa at 20C: 0.83
Relative vapour density (air = 1): 2.6
Relative density of the vapour/air-mixture at 20C (air = 1): 1.01
Flash point: 39C c.c.
Auto-ignition temperature: 285C
Explosive limits, vol% in air: 2.3- 24.5
Octanol/water partition coefficient as log Pow: -0.503
ENVIRONMENTAL
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N O T E S
Depending on the degree of exposure, periodic medical examination is indicated. The odour warning when the exposure limit value is exceeded is insufficient. Check for peroxides prior to distillation; eliminate if found.
Transport Emergency Card: TEC (R)-30GF1-III

NFPA Code: H 2; F 2; R 0;
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


ICSC: 0061 ETHYLENE GLYCOL MONOMETHYL ETHER
(C) IPCS, CEC, 1994
IMPORTANT LEGAL NOTICE: Neither NIOSH, the CEC or the IPCS nor any person acting on behalf of NIOSH, the CEC or the IPCS is responsible for the use which might be made of this information. This card contains the collective views of the IPCS Peer Review Committee and may not reflect in all cases all the detailed requirements included in national legislation on the subject. The user should verify compliance of the cards with the relevant legislation in the country of use. The only modifications made to produce the U.S. version is inclusion of the OSHA PELs, NIOSH RELs and NIOSH IDLH values.