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Isopropyl ether


Status: Unregulated - EPA has not established a maximum legal limit in tapwater for this contaminant.

Isopropyl ether is used as a solvent for resins, waxes, oils, dyes and surface coatings, and as a laboratory extractant.

 
Detected
Found above
health guidelines
Found above
legal limit
States
1
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-
Water utilities
1
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-
People Served
6,813
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-

Health Concerns for Isopropyl ether:


Isopropyl ether Exposure by State

Water utilities in 1 states have reported detecting Isopropyl ether in treated tap water since 2004, according to EWG's analysis of water quality data supplied by state water agencies.

StateWater Suppliers with Isopropyl ether contamination
SystemsPopulation
California16,813
Total16,813

The Most Polluted Communities

1 water utilities reported detecting Isopropyl ether in tap water since 2004, according to EWG's analysis of water quality data supplied by state water agencies

Ranked by highest average Isopropyl ether level

RankSystem Population Served Positive test results of total reported tests Average Level
(Range)
1Sativa-L.A. Cwd
Compton, CA
6,8132 of 70.75 ppb
(0 to 3.5 ppb)

Testing Summary for Isopropyl ether

Are tests routinely required for Isopropyl ether by federal law?No
Water suppliers reporting tests for Isopropyl ether (2004-2009):694 of 47,576
Average testing rate for water supplier reporting tests (2004-2009):1.6 per year

Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)

Type of concern: Reference:
Classified as skin irritant European Union - Classification & Labelling
One or more animal studies show skin irritation at moderate doses RTECS®- Union Carbide Data Sheet 1968

Occupational hazards

Type of concern: Reference:
Allowed workplace exposures restricted to moderate doses European Union - Classification & Labelling
Allowed workplace exposures restricted to high doses RTECS®- TLV/BEI,2007
Allowed workplace exposures restricted to high doses RTECS®- MSHA STANDARD-air: 3,142,1971
Allowed workplace exposures restricted to high doses RTECS®- OSHA PEL (Gen Indu): 29,1910 1994
Allowed workplace exposures restricted to high doses RTECS®- OSHA PEL (Construc): 29,1926 1994
Allowed workplace exposures restricted to high doses RTECS®- OSHA PEL (Shipyard): 29,1915 1993
Allowed workplace exposures restricted to high doses RTECS®- OSHA PEL (Fed Cont): 41,50-204 1994

Ecotoxicology

Type of concern: Reference:
Not suspected to be an environmental toxin Environment Canada Domestic Substance List

Miscellaneous

Type of concern: Reference:
Occupational hazards related to handling European Union - Classification & Labelling

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

Type of concern: Reference:
Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmful Environment Canada Domestic Substance List

Persistence and bioaccumulation

Type of concern: Reference:
Not suspected to be persistent Environment Canada Domestic Substance List
Not suspected to be bioaccumulative Environment Canada Domestic Substance List



Government, industry, academic studies and classifications

government/industry list/academic study appears on list as classification(s)
European Union - Classification & LabellingDIISOPROPYL ETHER; [1] ; DIPROPYL ETHER [2]•Highly flammable
•Highly flammable
•May form explosive peroxides
•Repeated exposure may cause skin dryness or cracking
•Vapours may cause drowsiness and dizziness
Environment Canada Domestic Substance ListPROPANE, 2,2'-OXYBIS-•This chemical was NOT flagged by CEPA for further attention.
RTECS®- TLV/BEI,2007PROPANE, 2,2'-OXYBIS-• occupationally related - ACGIH TLV (human TWA)
RTECS®- MSHA STANDARD-air: 3,142,1971PROPANE, 2,2'-OXYBIS-• occupationally related - MSHA STANDARD-air (human TWA)
RTECS®- OSHA PEL (Construc): 29,1926 1994PROPANE, 2,2'-OXYBIS-• occupationally related - OSHA PEL (Construc) (human TWA)
RTECS®- OSHA PEL (Fed Cont): 41,50-204 1994PROPANE, 2,2'-OXYBIS-• occupationally related - OSHA PEL (Fed Cont) (human TWA)
RTECS®- OSHA PEL (Gen Indu): 29,1910 1994PROPANE, 2,2'-OXYBIS-• occupationally related - OSHA PEL (Gen Indu) (human TWA)
RTECS®- OSHA PEL (Shipyard): 29,1915 1993PROPANE, 2,2'-OXYBIS-• occupationally related - OSHA PEL (Shipyard) (human TWA)
RTECS®- Union Carbide Data Sheet 1968PROPANE, 2,2'-OXYBIS-• skin - Primary skin irritant (rabbit )



references

government/industry list/academic study reference
European Union - Classification & LabellingCPS&Q (Consumer Products Safety & Quality) formely known as ECB (European Chemicals Bureau). 2008. Classification and Labelling: Chemicals: Annex VI of Directive 67/548/EEC through the 31st ATP.
Environment Canada Domestic Substance ListEC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
RTECS®- TLV/BEI,2007RTECS®- TLV/BEI,2007
RTECS®- MSHA STANDARD-air: 3,142,1971RTECS®- MSHA STANDARD-air: 3,142,1971
RTECS®- OSHA PEL (Construc): 29,1926 1994RTECS®- OSHA PEL (Construc): 29,1926.55,1994
RTECS®- OSHA PEL (Fed Cont): 41,50-204 1994RTECS®- OSHA PEL (Fed Cont): 41,50-204.50,1994
RTECS®- OSHA PEL (Gen Indu): 29,1910 1994RTECS®- OSHA PEL (Gen Indu): 29,1910.1000,1994
RTECS®- OSHA PEL (Shipyard): 29,1915 1993RTECS®- OSHA PEL (Shipyard): 29,1915.1000,1993
RTECS®- Union Carbide Data Sheet 1968RTECS®- Union Carbide Data Sheet. (Union Carbide Corp., 39 Old Ridgebury Rd., Danbury, CT 06817) 4/10/1968

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