Material Safety Data Sheet
Ashland Chemical Co. Date Prepared: 09/04/98
Date Printed: 06/21/99
MSDS No: 301.0000788-001.001I
PROPYLENE GLYCOL MONOMETHYL ETHER
1. CHEMICAL PRODUCT AND COMPANY IDENTIFICATION
Product Name: PROPYLENE GLYCOL MONOMETHYL ETHER
General or Generic ID: GLYCOL ETHER
Company Emergency Telephone Number:
Ashland Chemical Co. 1-800-ASHLAND (1-800-274-5263)
P.O. Box 2219 24 hours everyday
Columbus, OH 43216
614-790-3333 Regulatory Information Number:
2. COMPOSITION/INFORMATION ON INGREDIENTS
Ingredient(s) CAS Number % (by weight)
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PROPYLENE GLYCOL MONOMETHYL ETHER 107-98-2 98.0-100.0
3. HAZARDS IDENTIFICATION
Potential Health Effects
Can cause eye irritation. Symptoms include stinging, tearing,
redness, and swelling of eyes.
May cause mild skin irritation. Symptoms may include redness and
burning of skin. Passage of this material into the body through
the skin is possible, and may add to toxic effects from breathing
Swallowing small amounts of this material during normal handling
is not likely to cause harmful effects. Swallowing large amounts
may be harmful.
Breathing of vapor or mist is possible. Breathing small amounts
of this material during normal handling is not likely to cause
harmful effects. Breathing large amounts may be harmful.
Symptoms usually occur at air concentrations higher than the
recommended exposure limits (See Section 8).
Symptoms of Exposure
Signs and symptoms of exposure to this material through breathing,
swallowing, and/or passage of the material through the skin may
include: mouth and throat irritation (soreness, dry or scratchy
feeling, cough), stomach or intestinal upset (nausea, vomiting,
diarrhea), irritation (nose, throat, airways), lung irritation,
central nervous system depression (dizziness, drowsiness,
weakness, fatigue, nausea, headache, unconsciousness), loss of
coordination, and death.
Target Organ Effects
Overexposure to this material (or its components) has been
suggested as a cause of the following effects in laboratory
animals: mild, reversible liver effects, liver abnormalities,
This material (or a component) has been shown to cause harm to the
fetus in laboratory animal studies. Harm to the fetus occurs only
at exposure levels that harm the pregnant animal. The relevance
of these findings to humans is uncertain. When tested separately,
a minor component of propylene glycol monomethyl ether
(2-methoxy-1-propanol) caused birth defects in experimental
animals in one study. However, the commercial grade glycol ether
containing the minor component did not cause birth defects.
There is no information available. The chance of this material
causing cancer is unknown. This material is not listed as a
carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the
National Toxicology Program, or the Occupational Safety and Health
Other Health Effects
Primary Route(s) of Entry
Inhalation, Skin absorption, Skin contact, Eye contact, Ingestion.
4. FIRST AID MEASURES
If symptoms develop, immediately move individual away from
exposure and into fresh air. Flush eyes gently with water for at
least 15 minutes while holding eyelids apart; seek immediate
Remove contaminated clothing. Wash exposed area with soap and
water. If symptoms persist, seek medical attention. Launder
clothing before reuse.
Seek medical attention. If individual is drowsy or unconscious,
do not give anything by mouth; place individual on the left side
with the head down. Contact a physician, medical facility, or
poison control center for advice about whether to induce vomiting.
If possible, do not leave individual unattended.
If symptoms develop, move individual away from exposure and into
fresh air. If symptoms persist, seek medical attention. If
breathing is difficult, administer oxygen. Keep person warm and
quiet; seek immediate medical attention.
Note to Physicians
Preexisting disorders of the following organs (or organ systems)
may be aggravated by exposure to this material: liver, kidney.
5. FIRE FIGHTING MEASURES
91.0 F (32.7 C) PMCC
(for product) Lower 1.5 Upper 10.9 %
530.0 F (276.6 C)
Hazardous Products of Combustion
May form: carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide, various
Fire and Explosion Hazards
Vapors are heavier than air and may travel along the ground or may
be moved by ventilation and ignited by pilot lights, other flames,
sparks, heaters, smoking, electric motors, static discharge, or
other ignition sources at locations distant from material handling
point. Never use welding or cutting torch on or near drum (even
empty) because product (even just residue) can ignite explosively.
alcohol foam, carbon dioxide, dry chemical.
Fire Fighting Instructions
Wear a self-contained breathing apparatus with a full facepiece
operated in the positive pressure demand mode with appropriate
turn-out gear and chemical resistant personal protective
equipment. Refer to the personal protective equipment section of
Health - 1, Flammability - 3, Reactivity - 0
6. ACCIDENTAL RELEASE MEASURES
Absorb liquid on vermiculite, floor absorbent, or other absorbent
material and transfer to hood.
Eliminate all ignition sources (flares, flames including pilot
lights, electrical sparks). Persons not wearing protective
equipment should be excluded from area of spill until clean-up has
been completed. Stop spill at source. Prevent from entering
drains, sewers, streams or other bodies of water. Prevent from
spreading. If runoff occurs, notify authorities as required.
Pump or vacuum transfer spilled product to clean containers for
recovery. Absorb unrecoverable product. Transfer contaminated
absorbent, soil and other materials to containers for disposal.
Prevent run-off to sewers, streams or other bodies of water. If
run-off occurs, notify proper authorities as required, that a
spill has occurred.
7. HANDLING AND STORAGE
Containers of this material may be hazardous when emptied. Since
emptied containers retain product residues (vapor, liquid, and/or
solid), all hazard precautions given in the data sheet must be
observed. All five-gallon pails and larger metal containers,
including tank cars and tank trucks, should be grounded and/or
bonded when material is transferred.
8. EXPOSURE CONTROLS/PERSONAL PROTECTION
Chemical splash goggles in compliance with OSHA regulations are
advised; however, OSHA regulations also permit other type safety
glasses. Consult your safety representative.
Wear resistant gloves (consult your safety equipment supplier).
To prevent repeated or prolonged skin contact, wear impervious
clothing and boots..
If workplace exposure limit(s) of product or any component is
exceeded (see exposure guidelines), a NIOSH/MSHA approved air
supplied respirator is advised in absence of proper environmental
control. OSHA regulations also permit other NIOSH/MSHA
respirators (negative pressure type) under specified conditions
(see your industrial hygienist). Engineering or administrative
controls should be implemented to reduce exposure.
Provide sufficient mechanical (general and/or local exhaust)
ventilation to maintain exposure below TLV(s).
PROPYLENE GLYCOL MONOMETHYL ETHER (107-98-2)
OSHA VPEL 100.000 ppm - TWA
OSHA VPEL 150.000 ppm - STEL
ACGIH TLV 100.000 ppm - TWA
ACGIH TLV 150.000 ppm - STEL
9. PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL PROPERTIES
(for product) 246.0 - 257.0 F (118.8 - 125.0 C) @ 760 mmHg
(for product) 8.000 mmHg @ 68.00 F
Specific Vapor Density
3.100 @ AIR=1
.922 - .925 @ 68.00 F
7.700 lbs/gal @ 68.00 F
.924 kg/l @ 20.00 C
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)
.83 (N-BUTYL ACETATE)
-139.0 F (-95.0 C)
Solubility in Water
Octanol/Water Partitiion Coefficient
10. STABILITY AND REACTIVITY
Product will not undergo hazardous polymerization.
May form: carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide, various
Avoid contact with: strong oxidizing agents.
11. TOXICOLOGICAL INFORMATION
12. ECOLOGICAL INFORMATION
13. DISPOSAL CONSIDERATION
Waste Management Information
Dispose of in accordance with all applicable local, state and
14. TRANSPORT INFORMATION
DOT Information - 49 CFR 172.101
55 GAL DRUM/TRUCK PACKAGE
RQ (Reportable Quantity) - 49 CFR 172.101
15. REGULATORY INFORMATION
US Federal Regulations
TSCA (Toxic Substances Control Act) Status
TSCA (UNITED STATES) The intentional ingredients of this
product are listed.
CERCLA RQ - 40 CFR 302.4(a)
SARA 302 Components - 40 CFR 355 Appendix A
Section 311/312 Hazard Class - 40 CFR 370.2
Immediate(X) Delayed(X) Fire(X) Reactive( ) Sudden
Release of Pressure( )
SARA 313 Components - 40 CFR 372.65
ACOIN (AUSTRALIA) The intentional ingredients of this product
DSL (CANADA) The intentional ingredients of this product are
ECL (SOUTH KOREA) The intentional ingredients of this product
EINECS (EUROPE) The intentional ingredients of this product are
ENCS (JAPAN) The intentional ingredients of this product are
State and Local Regulations
California Proposition 65
New Jersey RTK Label Information
PROPYLENE GLYCOL MONOMETHYL ETHER 107-98-2
Pennsylvania RTK Label Information
2-PROPANOL, 1-METHOXY- 107-98-2
16. OTHER INFORMATION
The information accumulated herein is believed to be accurate but
is not warranted to be whether originating with the company or
not. Recipients are advised to confirm in advance of need that the
information is current, applicable, and suitable to their