Agent Name

Polyethylene

CAS Number

9002-88-4

Formula

(C2-H4)x

Major Category

Plastics & Rubber

Synonyms

Alathon 7140; Alathon 7511; Alcowax 6; Aldyl A; Alithon 7050; Alkathene; Allied PE 617; Alphex FIT 221; Ambythene; Amoco 610A4; BPE-I; Bakelite DFD 330; Bakelite DHDA 4080; Bakelite DYNH; Bareco polywax 2000; Bareco wax C 7500; Bicolene C; Bralen KB 2-11; Bulen A; Carlona PXB; Courlene-X3; Epolene C; Epolene E; Epolene N; Etherin; Ethylene polymer; Grex; HI-Fax; Hizex; [ChemIDplus]

Category

Polymers

Description

White powder (microbeads); [CAMEO]

Sources/Uses

Different forms of polyethylene include cross-linked, low-density, high-density, and low-molecular-weight. Uses include wire and cable coatings and insulation, pipe and molded fittings, packaging film, paper coating, lining for drums, toys, refuse and waste bags, squeeze bottles, electrical insulation, blow-molded or injection-molded film, sheet, fibers, and gasoline containers. The low-molecular-weight form of polyethylene is used in mold-release agents for rubber and plastics, for paper and textile coatings, and in liquid polishes. [Hawley]

Comments

Occupational asthma reported in paper packer after exposure to heated polyethylene; [Malo] No listed effects of short-term or long-term exposure; [ICSC] A skin, eye, and respiratory tract irritant; [CAMEO]

Reference Link

Occupational asthma due to polyethylene shrink wrapping (paper wrapper's asthma).

Exposure Assessment
Lethal Concentration

LC50 (mice) = 1,200 mg/m3/30min

Explanatory Notes

Flash point = 430 deg F;

Adverse Effects
Asthma

Yes

IARC Carcinogen

Not Classifiable

Links to Other NLM Databases
Health Studies

Human Health Effects from Hazardous Substances Data Bank:

Toxicity Information

Search TOXNET

Chemical Information

Search ChemIDplus

Biomedical References

Search PubMed

Related Information in HazMap
Diseases

Occupational diseases associated with exposure to this agent:

Processes

Industrial Processes with risk of exposure: