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GLYCOL ETHERS

Products with this unspecific ingredient may be composed of any the specific substances listed below. The evidence shown is based on the most concerning group member.
Asthma/Respiratory
 
Moderate Concern
 
Skin Allergies &
Irritation
 
Moderate Concern
 
Developmental &
Reproductive Toxicity
 
High Concern
 
Cancer
 
Moderate Concern
 
Environment
 
Some Concern
 
Top scoring factors: May contain ingredients with potential for developmental/endocrine/reproductive effects; blood-related effects; general systemic/organ effects
This unspecific ingredient, Glycol Ethers, can be found in 4 products.
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Evidence

Health issue
 
Level of Concern
 
Source
ethylene glycol monomethyl ether
May damage fertility or the unborn child
 
high
 
GHS Hazard Codes - EU GHS Hazard Labeling Codes
ethylene glycol monomethyl ether
May damage fertility.
 
high
 
GHS Hazard Codes - EU GHS Hazard Labeling Codes
ethylene glycol monomethyl ether
May damage the unborn child.
 
high
 
GHS Hazard Codes - EU GHS Hazard Labeling Codes
ethylene glycol monomethyl ether
Known to cause reproductive toxicity (to males)
 
high
 
Prop 65 - CA Proposition 65
ethylene glycol monomethyl ether
Known to cause reproductive toxicity
 
high
 
Prop 65 - CA Proposition 65
ethylene glycol monomethyl ether
Suspected of damaging the unborn child.
 
high
 
GHS Hazard Codes - EU GHS Hazard Labeling Codes
ethylene glycol monomethyl ether
reproductive effects
 
moderate
 
Threshold Limit Value (TLV) Basis - American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH)
ethylene glycol monomethyl ether
hematologic effects
 
moderate
 
Threshold Limit Value (TLV) Basis - American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH)
ethylene glycol monomethyl ether
Harmful if inhaled
 
moderate
 
GHS Hazard Codes - EU GHS Hazard Labeling Codes
ethylene glycol monomethyl ether
Harmful in contact with skin
 
moderate
 
GHS Hazard Codes - EU GHS Hazard Labeling Codes
ethylene glycol monomethyl ether
Harmful if swallowed
 
moderate
 
GHS Hazard Codes - EU GHS Hazard Labeling Codes

Impurities

Health issue
 
Level of Concern
 
Source
ethylene glycol monomethyl ether
Impurity: ETHYLENE OXIDE
May cause cancer
 
some
 
GHS Hazard Codes - EU GHS Hazard Labeling Codes
ethylene glycol monomethyl ether
Impurity: ETHYLENE OXIDE
Known to cause reproductive toxicity (to females)
 
some
 
Prop 65 - CA Proposition 65
ethylene glycol monomethyl ether
Impurity: ETHYLENE OXIDE
May cause genetic defects
 
some
 
GHS Hazard Codes - EU GHS Hazard Labeling Codes
ethylene glycol monomethyl ether
Impurity: ETHYLENE OXIDE
Known to cause cancer
 
some
 
Prop 65 - CA Proposition 65
ethylene glycol monomethyl ether
Impurity: ETHYLENE OXIDE
Known To Be Human Carcinogen
 
some
 
NTP 12th RoC - NTP RoC
ethylene glycol monomethyl ether
Impurity: ETHYLENE OXIDE
Carcinogenic to humans
 
some
 
IARC 103 - IARC
ethylene glycol monomethyl ether
Impurity: ETHYLENE OXIDE
Known to cause reproductive toxicity (to males)
 
some
 
Prop 65 - CA Proposition 65
ethylene glycol monomethyl ether
Impurity: 1,4-DIOXANE
Known to cause cancer
 
some
 
Prop 65 - CA Proposition 65
ethylene glycol monomethyl ether
Impurity: 1,4-DIOXANE
Suspected of causing cancer
 
some
 
GHS Hazard Codes - EU GHS Hazard Labeling Codes
ethylene glycol monomethyl ether
Impurity: ETHYLENE OXIDE
Known to cause reproductive toxicity
 
some
 
Prop 65 - CA Proposition 65
ethylene glycol monomethyl ether
Impurity: 1,4-DIOXANE
Reasonably Anticipated To Be Human Carcinogen
 
some
 
NTP 12th RoC - NTP RoC
ethylene glycol monomethyl ether
Impurity: ETHYLENE OXIDE
Toxic if inhaled
 
some
 
GHS Hazard Codes - EU GHS Hazard Labeling Codes
ethylene glycol monomethyl ether
Impurity: 1,4-DIOXANE
liver damage
 
some
 
Threshold Limit Value (TLV) Basis - American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH)
ethylene glycol monomethyl ether
Impurity: ETHYLENE OXIDE
central nervous system impairment
 
some
 
Threshold Limit Value (TLV) Basis - American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH)
ethylene glycol monomethyl ether
Impurity: ETHYLENE OXIDE
Asthmagen (irritation)
 
some
 
AOEC Asthmagen list - AOEC
ethylene glycol monomethyl ether
Impurity: ETHYLENE OXIDE
cancer
 
some
 
Threshold Limit Value (TLV) Basis - American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH)
ethylene glycol monomethyl ether
Impurity: ETHYLENE OXIDE
suspected human carcinogen
 
some
 
Threshold Limit Value (TLV) Basis - American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH)
ethylene glycol monomethyl ether
Impurity: 1,4-DIOXANE
Possibly carcinogenic to humans
 
some
 
IARC 103 - IARC
ethylene glycol monomethyl ether
Impurity: ETHYLENE OXIDE
Asthmagen
 
some
 
AOEC Asthmagen list - AOEC
ethylene glycol monomethyl ether
Impurity: 1,4-DIOXANE
confirmed animal carcinogen with unknown relevance to humans
 
some
 
Threshold Limit Value (TLV) Basis - American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH)
ethylene glycol monomethyl ether
Impurity: 1,4-DIOXANE
May cause respiratory irritation
 
some
 
GHS Hazard Codes - EU GHS Hazard Labeling Codes
ethylene glycol monomethyl ether
Impurity: ETHYLENE OXIDE
May cause respiratory irritation
 
some
 
GHS Hazard Codes - EU GHS Hazard Labeling Codes
ethylene glycol monomethyl ether
Impurity: ETHYLENE OXIDE
Causes skin irritation
 
some
 
GHS Hazard Codes - EU GHS Hazard Labeling Codes
ethylene glycol monomethyl ether
Impurity: ETHYLENE OXIDE
Causes serious eye irritation
 
some
 
GHS Hazard Codes - EU GHS Hazard Labeling Codes
ethylene glycol monomethyl ether
Impurity: 1,4-DIOXANE
Causes serious eye irritation
 
some
 
GHS Hazard Codes - EU GHS Hazard Labeling Codes
 
 
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