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n-Butyl glycidyl ether

General Description

  • Synonyms: BGE; 1,2-Epoxy-3-butoxypropane
  • OSHA IMIS Code Number: 0477
  • Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) Registry Number: 2426-08-6
  • NIOSH Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances (RTECS) Identification Number: TX4200000; 65318
  • NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards, n-Butyl glycidyl ether: chemical description, physical properties, potentially hazardous incompatibilities, and more
  • Chemical Description and Physical Properties:
    • pale yellow liquid
    • molecular weight: 130
    • vapor pressure: 3 mm
    • boiling point: 327°F
  • Incompatibilites: Strong oxidizers and caustics

Exposure Limits

  • OSHA Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL):
    • General Industry: 50 ppm, 270 mg/m3
    • Construction Industry: 50 ppm, 270 mg/m3 TWA
  • American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) Threshold Limit Value (TLV): 25 ppm, 133 mg/m3 TWA
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Recommended Exposure Limit (REL): 5.6 ppm Ceiling (15 min)

Health Effects

  • Potential Symptoms: Eye, nose irritation; skin irritation, sensitization; narcosis
  • Health Effects: Chronic (Cumulative) Toxicity--- mutagen (HE2) Irritation-Eye, Nose, Throat, Skin---Mild (HE16)
  • Affected Organs: Eyes, skin, respiratory system, CNS

Monitoring Methods used by OSHA

Primary Laboratory Sampling/Analytical Method (SLC1):
  • Charcoal Tube (100/50 mg sections, 20/40 mesh)
  • maximum volume: 10 Liters
  • maximum flow rate: 0.2 L/min
  • current analytical method: Gas Chromatography; GC/FID
  • analytical solvent: Carbon Disulfide
  • alternate solvent: (99:1) Carbon Disulfide/Dimethylformamide
  • method reference: 1 (NIOSH 1616 (PDF))
  • sampling and analytical error: 0.12
  • method classification: Fully Validated
Secondary Laboratory Sampling/Analytical Method (SAM2):
  • Instrumentation
  • company: Infrared Spectrophotometer
  • part #: MIRAN 1A & 1B
  • range: 0.1 ppm @ 8.9 um
  • class: Mfg

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