Ethylene Oxide

About 46,900 workers in the EU are estimated to be potentially exposed to ethylene oxide.

The primary routes of potential human exposure to ethylene oxide are inhalation and ingestion. It is a carcinogen (classified as group 1 by IARC) that may cause leukemia, lymphoid and breast cancers. It is also linked to spontaneous abortion, genetic damage, nerve damage, peripheral paralysis, muscle weakness, as well as impaired thinking and memory. In liquid form, it can cause severe skin irritation upon prolonged or confined contact.

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References: OSHA, IARC, CDC, EPA, NIOSH, EC

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