Agent Name

2-Ethylhexyl acrylate

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CAS Number




Major Category

Plastics & Rubber


EHA; 1-Hexanol, 2-ethyl-, acrylate; 2-Ethyl-1-hexyl acrylate; 2-Ethylhexyl 2-propenoate; 2-Ethylhexylester kyseliny akrylove [Czech]; 2-Propenoic acid, 2-ethylhexyl ester; Acrylic acid, 2-ethylhexyl ester; Octyl acrylate; Mono(2-ethylhexyl) acrylate; [ChemIDplus]




Colorless liquid with a pleasant odor; [HSDB] Pale yellow liquid with a pleasant odor; [NTP]


Used as a monomer for plastics, protective coatings, and paper treatment, in copolymerization of vinyl acetate and vinyl chloride, and in the manufacture of water-based paints, adhesives, printing inks, impregnating agents, and reactive diluent/cross-linking agents; [HSDB] Used to make polymers and copolymers that are usually further processed to aqueous polymer dispersions--used mainly in adhesives and paints; Also used for coating raw materials, in the plastics industry, and as a monomer in construction industry chemicals (concentrations of 0.1-21%); [EC]


Allergic contact dermatitis reported from surgical tape; [Kanerva, p. 1741] If left on clothing, can cause reddening of skin; [CHRIS] Severly irritating to skin and eyes; [HSDB] Readily polymerized by light, heat, and peroxides; A skin, eye, and respiratory tract irritant; May cause skin sensitization; [ICSC] An eye irritant; Inhalation may cause drowsiness and convulsions; [CAMEO] Irritating but not corrosive to skin; Potential for severe respiratory irritation, based on animal studies; Studies of guinea pigs have shown moderate skin sensitization potential (with and without adjuvant); Skin sensitization also reported in humans; [EC] Readily polymerizes unless inhibited with hydroquinone or its monomethyl ester; [NTP] Danger of skin sensitization; [MAK] Inhibited with 40-100 ppm MEHQ; A skin, respiratory tract, and severe eye irritant; May cause skin sensitization; A lachrymator; [Aldrich MSDS]

Reference Link

Acrylates as potent allergens in occupational and domestic exposures

Exposure Assessment

5 ppm

Vapor Pressure

0.17 mm Hg

Lethal Concentration

LCLo (mouse) = 600 mg/m3

Explanatory Notes

"Danger of sensitization of skin." [MAK]

Flammability (NFPA)

2: High ambient temperature required

Adverse Effects
Skin Sensitizer





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IARC Carcinogen

Not Classifiable

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