Substance Information

Glycollic acid

EC / List no.: 201-180-5

CAS no.: 79-14-1

Mol. formula: C2H4O3

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Danger! According to the classification provided by companies to ECHA in REACH registrations this substance causes severe skin burns and eye damage, may damage fertility or the unborn child, causes serious eye damage and is harmful if inhaled.

At least one company has indicated that the substance classification is affected by impurities or additives.

This substance is manufactured and/or imported in the European Economic Area in 1 000 - 10 000 tonnes per year.

This substance is used by consumers, by professional workers (widespread uses), in formulation or re-packing, at industrial sites and in manufacturing.

Biocidal Uses

This substance is being reviewed for use as a biocide in the EEA and/or Switzerland, for: disinfection, veterinary hygiene, food and animals feeds.

This substance is used by consumers, by professional workers (widespread uses), in formulation or re-packing, at industrial sites and in manufacturing.

Consumer Uses

This substance is used in the following products: perfumes and fragrances, cosmetics and personal care products and washing & cleaning products.
Other release to the environment of this substance is likely to occur from: indoor use as processing aid.

Article service life

ECHA has no public registered data on the routes by which this substance is most likely to be released to the environment. ECHA has no public registered data indicating whether or into which articles the substance might have been processed.

Widespread uses by professional workers

This substance is used in the following products: washing & cleaning products, water treatment chemicals, perfumes and fragrances, cosmetics and personal care products and adhesives and sealants.
This substance is used in the following areas: building & construction work.
Other release to the environment of this substance is likely to occur from: indoor use (e.g. machine wash liquids/detergents, automotive care products, paints and coating or adhesives, fragrances and air fresheners) and outdoor use.

Formulation or re-packing

This substance is used in the following products: metal surface treatment products, non-metal-surface treatment products, biocides (e.g. disinfectants, pest control products), pH regulators and water treatment products, laboratory chemicals, paper chemicals and dyes, textile treatment products and dyes, washing & cleaning products, water treatment chemicals, polymers, leather treatment products and cosmetics and personal care products.
Release to the environment of this substance can occur from industrial use: formulation of mixtures.

Uses at industrial sites

This substance is used in the following products: pH regulators and water treatment products, metal surface treatment products, washing & cleaning products, semiconductors, leather treatment products, coating products, inks and toners and water treatment chemicals.
This substance is used for the manufacture of: chemicals, electrical, electronic and optical equipment, wood and wood products, fabricated metal products, textile, leather or fur and mineral products (e.g. plasters, cement).
Release to the environment of this substance can occur from industrial use: in processing aids at industrial sites and as processing aid.

Manufacture

Release to the environment of this substance can occur from industrial use: manufacturing of the substance.

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