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Use Routine Care With The Following Ingredients


Some of these ingredients are dangerous, but risks of them getting into the body to do harm are relatively low. For example, several of these ingredients have to be eaten in order for toxic effects to be felt. Others are toxic only at concentrations and quantities that are much higher than occur in janitorial products.

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  • As with any chemical, assure that workers are fully trained in safe handling and use, and assure that protective gloves and goggles are worn at all times (particularly when handling concentrated solutions). Also take care when disposing of left over product, wastewaters, and empty containers.

    Abbreviations are explained at the end of the table.

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    Health Effects From Full-Strength Ingredient

    NFPA Rating

    CAS Number

    Ingredient Name

    Eye Effects

    Skin Effects

    Skin Absorb?

    Inhalation Effects

    Chronic Effects

    H

    F

    R

    00770-35-4

    1-Phenoxy-2-Propanol

    Irr

    Irr

     

    Yes, Irr

           

    00064-19-7

    Acetic Acid

    B

    B

    No

    Yes

           

    00120-32-1

    Chlorophene

                   

    05989-27-5

    d-Limonene

    Irr

    Irr

    No

    Irr

    Some people are allergic to smell

    1

    2

    0

    00111-90-0

    Diethylene Glycol Monoethyl Ether

    B

    Irr

    No

    Low

    Kidney damage; reproductive damage

    1

    1

    0

    00111-77-3

    Diethylene Glycol Monomethyl Ether

    Irr

    Irr

    No

    Irr

    Possible reproductive effects

    2

    2

    0

    02809-21-4

    Diphosphonic Acid

           

    Inhibits bone formation

         

    34590-94-8

    Dipropylene Glycol Methyl Ether

    Irr

    Irr

    Yes

     

    Liver damage (from exposure to very high levels)

         

    17572-97-3

    EDTA Tetrapotassium Salt

    Irr

     

    Irr

     

    Irr

           

    00064-02-8

    Ethylene Diamine Tetraacetic Acid

    Irr

    Irr

    No

         

    0

    0

    00097-86-9

    Isobutyl Methacrylate

    Irr

    Irr

     

    Irr

           

    68131-39-5

    Linear Alcohol Ethoxylate

                   

    67741-65-7

    Mineral Spirits

     

    Irr

     

    Slight

     

    1

    2

    0

    08030-30-6

    Naphtha (Crude Coal Tar) (Benzine)

    Irr

    Irr

     

    Irr

    Kidney & CNS damage; reproductive damage

     

    3

     

    05324-84-5

    Octane Sulfonic Acid

    Irr

    Irr

    Yes

       

    1

    1

    0

    68441-17-8

    Oxidized Polyethylene

    Irr

    Irr

     

    Irr

           

    63148-62-9

    Poly Dimethyl Siloxane

    Irr

    Irr

     

    Irr

           

    07757-82-6

    Sodium Sulfate

    Irr

    Irr

    No

    Irr

           

    07758-29-4

    Sodium Tripoly Phosphate

    Irr

    Irr

               

    01300-72-7

    Sodium Xylene Sulfonate

    Irr

    Irr

    Yes

       

    1

    0

    0

    64742-88-7

    Stoddard Solvent (Naphtha)

    Irr

    Irr

       

    CNS Effects

         

    00078-51-3

    Tri Butoxy Ethyl Phosphate

                   

    08042-47-5

    White Mineral Oil

    B

    Irr

     

    Irr

    Lung damage at high concentrations

         

    119345-04-9

    Disulfonate

                   

    00093-83-4

    Oleic Acid Diethanolamine

                   

    10486-00-7

    Sodium Perborate Tetrahydrate

         

    Irr

     

    1

    1

    0

    00107-21-1

    Ethylene Glycol

    Irr

    Irr

     

    Slight

     

    1

    1

    0


    Abbreviations

    B Causes burns to eyes or skin, which may heal over time.
    BL Contact with eyes quickly causes permanent blindness.
    B/BL Burns eyes, in some cases causing blindness.
    CAS Chemical Abstract Service, who assigns a number to every chemical ingredient.
    CNS Central Nervous System
    D Causes damage to eyes or skin, which if not taken care of will be permanent.
    FB May cause frostbite from cold temperature of aerosol.
    Irr Irritant (Victim will usually only be temporarily inconvenienced).
    NFPA H = Health Hazard; F = Flammability Hazard; R = Reactivity Hazard. Ratings of this sort are summaries, and therefore should be used with caution and some skepticism. Consider individual hazards to eyes, skin, etc. to determine the overall risk that each ingredient poses to the user.
    PBT Refers to chemicals that are persistent, that bioaccumulate, and that are toxic.
    Prop. 65 Listed by California’s Workers’ Right-To-Know Legislation.
    Sev Irr Severe Irritant (Victim will usually be temporarily incapacitated).
    Skin Absorb This ingredient easily absorbs through skin, and will poison the liver, kidneys, or other organs as the body trys to eliminate it.