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Glossary - 2-Butoxyethanol

A colourless liquid with a mild, pleasant odor.  Less dense than water with flash point of 160°F.

  • irritates skin and eyes and may be toxic by ingestion
  • used as a solvent and to make paints and varnish
  • sensitive to air and light
  • slightly soluble in water
  • is liable to form peroxides on exposure to air and light
  • attacks some forms of plastics, rubber and coatings
  • vapours irritate eyes and nose
  • ingestion or skin contact causes headache, nausea, vomiting, and/or dizziness
  • may burn but does not ignite readily (containers may explode when heated, and runoff may pollute waterways)

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