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Guidance on Safe Use

Guidance on Safe Use

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First-aid measures

· Description of first aid measures

· General information:

First aid personnel should pay attention to their own safety.

Symptoms of poisoning may occur even after several hours; therefore medical observation is suggested for at least 48 hours after

the accident.

Immediately remove any clothing soiled by the product.

After inhalation:

Supply fresh air. If required, provide artificial respiration. Keep patient warm. Consult doctor if symptoms persist.

In case of unconsciousness, place patients on their side in a stable position for transportation.

· After skin contact: Immediately wash with water and soap and rinse thoroughly.

· After eye contact: Rinse the eyes with open eyelids for 10 -  15 minutes with water. Then consult a doctor (eye specialist).

· After swallowing:

Drink lots of water and provide fresh air. Call a doctor immediately.

Induce vomiting if person is conscious. Seek medical help.

A person vomiting while lying on the back should be turned onto the side.

· Information for doctor:

· Most important symptoms and effects, both acute and delayed

Liver and renal malfunctions

Central nervous depression



· Danger: If swallowed or in case of vomiting, danger of entering the lungs.

· Indication of any immediate medical attention and special treatment needed

In cases of irritation to the lungs, initial treatment with Dexametason metered aerosol.

Fire-fighting measures

Extinguishing media

· Suitable extinguishing agents:

CO2, extinguishing powder or water spray. Fight larger fires with water spray or alcohol resistant foam.

Use fire fighting measures that suit the environment.

· For safety reasons unsuitable extinguishing agents:

High volume water jet

· Special hazards arising from the substance or mixture

In case of fire the following can be released:

Nitrous gases. Persons who may have inhaled nitrous gases are to be laid down and kept rested. Call a doctor immediately.

Carbon monoxide (CO)

Nitrogen oxide (NOx)

During heating or in case of fire, poisonous gases are produced.

Persons who have inhaled fire effluents require medical observation for at least 48 hours. Symptons of poisoning may even occur several hours after the accident.

· Advice for firefighters

· Protective equipment:

Wear self-contained respiratory protective device.

Wear a fully protective suit.

Do not inhale combustion vapours.

· Additional information:

Dispose of fire debris and contaminated fire fighting water in accordance with official regulations.

Collect contaminated fire fighting water separately. It must not enter the sewage system.

Accidental release measures

Personal precautions, protective equipment and emergency procedures

Wear protective equipment. Keep unprotected persons away.

Ensure adequate ventilation.

Do not breathe aerosol or vapors

Do not smoke - keep ignition sources away.

· Environmental precautions:

Do not allow product to reach sewage system or any water course.

Inform respective authorities in case of seepage into water course or sewage system.

Do not allow to penetrate the ground/soil.

In case of seepage into the ground inform responsible authorities

· Methods and material for containment and cleaning up:

Ensure adequate ventilation.

Absorb with non-combustible material like sand, soil or diatomite.

Make sure to recycle or dispose of in suitable receptacles.

· Reference to other sections

See Section "Exposure controls/personal protection" for information on personal protection equipment

See Section "Disposal considerations" for disposal information.

Handling and storage


· Precautions for safe handling

Ensure good ventilation/exhaustion at the workplace.

Open and handle receptacle with care.

Ensure good interior ventilation, especially at floor level. (Fumes are heavier than air).

Keep receptacles tightly sealed.

Restrict the quantity stored at the work place.

Use solvent-proof equipment.

Avoid contact with eyes and skin.

Avoid inhalation of vapours.

Observe the special requirements for handling carcenogenic, mutagenic chemical substances and those toxic to reproduction as outlined in directive 90/394/EEC in its current version.

· Information about protection against explosions and fires:

Keep ignition sources away - Do not smoke.

Protect against electrostatic charges.

Keep respiratory protective device available.

Flammable gas-air mixtures may be formed in empty receptacles.

No welding.

Observe the general rules of industrial fire protection.

Work on containers and pipelines is permitted only after thorough purging and inerting.

Use explosion-proof apparatus / fittings and spark-proof tools.

· Conditions for safe storage, including any incompatibilities

· Storage:

· Requirements to be met by storerooms and receptacles:

Store only in unopened original receptacles.

Observe national regulations for storage of flammable liquids.

Store cool and dry in a well ventilated area.

Appropriate container material:



Stainless steel

Coated steel

Unsuitable container material:

Galvanized steel



And their alloys

· Information about storage in one common storage facility:

Store away from foodstuffs.

Store away from feed.

Store away from oxidizing agents.

Refer to national regulations  for storing hazardous chemicals.

· Further information about storage conditions:

Keep receptacle tightly sealed.

Store under lock and key and with access restricted to technical experts or their assistants only.

· Storage class:

3 Flammable Liquids

Transport information

Land transport (UN RTDG/ADR/RID)

UN number:
Shipping information
Proper shipping name and description:
Ethylene glycol monoethyl ether
Chemical name:
2-ethoxy ethanol
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Marine transport (UN RTDG/IMDG)

UN number:
Shipping information
Proper shipping name and description:
Chemical name:
2-ethoxy ethanol
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Air transport (UN RTDG/ICAO/IATA)

UN number:
Shipping information
Proper shipping name and description:
Chemical name:
2-ethoxy ethanol
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Exposure controls / personal protection

Additional information about design of technical systems:

Should be only used under strictly controlled conditions

· Control parameters

· Components with limit values that require monitoring at the workplace:

110-80-5 2-ethoxyethanol

Refer to national regulations for occupational limit values and the corresponding DNELs.

· Exposure controls

· Personal protective equipment:

· General protective and hygienic measures:

Keep away from foodstuffs, beverages and feed.

Do not eat drink, smoke or sniff while working.

Immediately remove soiled, soaked clothing and use again only after washing.

Wash hands before breaks and at the end of work.

Store protective clothing separately.

Avoid contact with the eyes and skin.

Provide eye bath.

If larger quantities are handled, provide emergency showers.

After skin contact cleanse skin thoroughly.

After contact with eyes, rinse immediately.

Breathing equipment:

In case of brief exposure or low pollution use a respiratory filter device. In case of intensive or longer exposure use a respiratory protective device that is independent of circulating air.

Short term filter device:

Filter A. (colour code brown)

Breathing equipment is only to be used in order to handle the residual risk of short-term jobs if all other risk minimizing measures have been carried out e. g. retention and/or local exhaust.

· Protection of hands:

Solvent resistant gloves

Check the permeability before using the gloves again.

The glove material has to be impermeable and resistant to the product/ the substance/ the preparation.

Selection of the glove material on consideration of the penetration times, rates of diffusion and the degradation

Preventive skin protection by use of skin-protecting agents is recommended.

After use of gloves apply skin-cleaning agents and skin cosmetics.

· Material of gloves:

Butyl rubber, BR

The selection of the suitable gloves does not only depend on the material, but also on further marks of quality and varies from manufacturer to manufacturer.

· Penetration time of glove material:

480 min. BR (≥ 0,5 mm)

The exact penetration time has to be found out by the manufacturer of the protective gloves and has to be observed.

· Not suitable are gloves made of the following materials:

Polychloropren rubber (CR)

Nitrile rubber, NBR

Natural rubber, NR

Fluorocarbon rubber (FKM)

PVC gloves

· Eye protection:

Tightly sealed goggles.

· Body protection:

Flame retarding, antistatic protective clothing.

Solvent resistant protective clothing

Stability and reactivity


· Chemical stability

· Thermal decomposition / conditions to be avoided:

No decomposition if used and stored according to specifications.

To avoid thermal decomposition do not overheat.

· Possibility of hazardous reactions

Toxic fumes may be released if heated above decomposition point.

Possible formation of peroxide.

Reacts violently (even explosively) with all products being mentioned under "Materials to be avoided:".

· Incompatible materials:

Reducing agents (e. g. hydrides, sulfites)

Strong oxidants


Alkali metals

Alkaline-earth metals

Substances with highly reactive hydroxyl groups.

· Hazardous decomposition products:

In case of fire or at high temperatures the formation of following decomposition products is possible.

Nitrous gases

Carbon monoxide (CO)

Nitrogen oxides (NOx)

Disposal considerations

Waste treatment methods

· Recommendation:

Must not be disposed of together with household garbage. Do not allow product to reach sewage system.

After prior treatment product has to be disposed of in an incinerator for hazardous waste adhering to the regulations pertaining to the disposal of particularly hazardous waste.

· Uncleaned packagings:

· Recommendation:

Disposal must be made according to official regulations.

Only dispose of completely empty packagings.

Packagings that cannot be cleaned are to be disposed of in the same manner as the product.

· Recommended cleansing agent:

Water; if necessary, with cleansing agents.