Agent Name

GLYCIDYL ETHERS

Alternative Name

CLASS

Major Category

Plastics & Rubber

Synonyms

CLASSES

Category

Glycidyl Ethers

Sources/Uses

Exposure may occur during the application and curing of epoxy resins; [LaDou, p. 550] Workers are exposed while manufacturing or utilizing adhesives, tooling/molding plastics, or applying coatings containing uncured epoxy resins; [NIOSH Criteria Document: Glycidyl Ethers]

Comments

Glycidyl ethers are synthesized from epichlorohydrin and an alcohol. The presence of the epoxide ring makes them reactive and useful in epoxy resin systems. These chemicals often cause occupational allergic contact dermatitis. They have low vapor pressures, but can cause respiratory sensitivity especially if they are heated during the curing phase. Members of this group include phenyl glycidyl ether and diglycidyl ether. [LaDou, p. 550]

Adverse Effects
Skin Sensitizer

Yes

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