Overexposure to 2-butoxyethanol, in whatever product...
such as these 3 industrial solvents: used
on the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill cleanup
information found in the MSDSs
Corexit 9527 inipol EAP 22 Simple Green
which is a potent lung irritant when inhaled at any level. According to the Material Safety Sheets, 2-butoxyethanol also is a skin and eye irritant and is poisonous when ingested or inhaled. When absorbed through the skin, it can cause blood in the urine ("hematuria"), hemoglobinuria, and kidney damage. Vapors or aerosols (such as were created by the high pressure, hot water wash) formed at higher temperatures can cause systemic effects. Chemical overexposure (poisoning) by breathing the compound or skin contact can lead to long-term damage to the blood and kidneys and central nervous system problems, including respiratory problems. Precautions include chemical resistant suits (not plastic rain gear), face shields, eye goggles, and supplied-air respirators in situations with high levels of this compound, and long continuous hours/days of exposure.*
A doctor could find an indication that something is wrong by taking urine and blood samples of workers... which was done for Exxon *
(not the health dept as workers might have thought)
during the experimental use of inipol EAP 22 during the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Cleanup.
The first noticeable indication of 2-butoxyethanol in one's system from the worker's viewpoint would be an overwhelming
'tired all the time' which would be from the damage to the blood: low red blood cell anemia *
- all workers should all have this-
They feel tired because they don't have enough red blood cells to take oxygen to their cells. *
2-butoxyethanol causes eye, ear, throat, and respiratory tract irritation; coughing; runny nose; central nervous system effects such as headache, dizziness, and nausea; blood disorders such as *hemolytic anemia; and kidney damage (Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry 1998).
* hemolytic anemia in this case would be premature destruction of red blood cells caused by chemical poisoning.
Concerns? OSHA Seeks Comments! ***
OSHA's reports from 46,000 workers using products with 2-butoxyethanol has found what other effects?
Contact * regarding Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Cleanup Workers