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Ethylene Glycol

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Other Concerns

Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (high), Occupational hazards (high), and Contamination concerns (high)

SYNONYMS

1,2-DIHYDROXYETHANE, 1,2-ETHANEDIOL, 1,2ETHANEDIOL, 2-HYDROXYETHANOL, ETHANE-1,2-DIOL, ETHYLENE GLYCOL, and GLYCOL

Glycol is an aliphatic diol.

Common concerns

See how this product scores for common concerns.

  • LOW
    Cancer
  • LOW
    Allergies & Immunotoxicity
  • MODERATE
    Developmental and Reingredientive Toxicity
  • LOW
    Use Restrictions

Ingredient concerns

  • CONCERNS
  • DATA SOURCES

Products with this Ingredient

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shampoo19 products
nail polish17 products
conditioner7 products
mask4 products
lipstick3 products
exfoliant/scrub3 products
antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)3 products
facial moisturizer/treatment2 products
hair treatment/serum2 products
antiperspirant/deodorant2 products
mascara2 products
bath oil/salts/soak1 products
facial cleanser1 products
hair-loss treatment1 products
hair styling aide1 products
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liquid hand soap1 products
foundation1 products
hand sanitizer1 products
moisturizer1 products
body wash/cleanser1 products
foot moisturizer1 products
glitter1 products
styling gel/lotion1 products
beard care1 products

Contamination concerns

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Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Known human respiratory toxicantEPA Hazardous Air Pollutants
Classified as toxic or harmfulCPS&Q - Classification & Labelling
Limited evidence of kidney toxicityScorecard.org Toxicity Information
One or more animal studies show classified as toxic effects at moderate doses (low dose studies may be unavailable for this ingredient)EPA Toxic Release Inventory PBTs
Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmfulEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
Classified as a low human health priorityEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Occupational hazards

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Allowed workplace exposures restricted to low dosesCPS&Q - Classification & Labelling

Developmental/reproductive toxicity

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Possible human developmental toxicantCalifornia EPA Proposition 65
Limited evidence of reproductive toxicityScorecard.org Toxicity Information

Ecotoxicology

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Not suspected to be an environmental toxinEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Persistence and bioaccumulation

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Not suspected to be persistentEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
Not suspected to be bioaccumulativeEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Data gaps

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CONCERN REFERENCE
40385 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed
  • EPA (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency). 2005. Office of Air. The 112(b)1 Hazardous Air Pollutants List (as modified). Last modified: 12 Dec 2005.
  • CPS&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.
  • ED (Environmental Defense). 2006. Scorecard _ The Pollution Information Site. http://www.scorecard.org.
  • EPA (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency). 1999. Toxics Release Inventory Program. PBT Chemical Rule.
  • EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
  • California EPA (California Environmental Protection Agency). 9/2008. Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment. Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986. Chemicals known to the State to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity.
  • NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.

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