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Title: Ethylene oxide / published under the joint sponsorship of the United Nations Environment Programme, the International Labour Organisation, and the World Health Organization
Authors: International Programme on Chemical Safety
United Nations Environment Programme
International Labour Organization
World Health Organization
WHO Task Force on Ethylene Oxide
Issue Date: 1985
Publisher: Geneva : World Health Organization
Language: English
Polish
Abstract: Ethylene oxide is a colourless, highly reactive, and flammable gas widely used as an intermediate in the production of various chemicals. Human exposure occurs mainly through inhalation in sterilization facilities and in production plants. Exposure may also occur through fumigated foods, pharmaceutical products, and sterilized medical equipment. This report uses a comprehensive review of the scientific literature on ethylene oxide to evaluate the associated risks for human health and the environment.On the basis of extensive data derived from animal investigations, test systems, and epidemiological findings suggesting an increase in the incidence of human cancer, the report concludes that ethylene oxide should be considered as a probable human carcinogen, and that its levels in the environment should be kept as low as feasible
Description: Bibliography: p. 62-79
79 p.
Subject: Ethylene Oxide
Environmental Exposure
metadata.dc.subject.other: Chemical Toxicology and Carcinogenicity
URI: http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/38815
Other Identifiers: 9241541954
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