Appearance：Colorless transparent liquid
Flash Point：168 °F
CAS NO. 3179-76-8 is an industrial chemical, also known as 2-Butoxyethanol. It is a colorless liquid with a sweet, ether-like odor. It is soluble in water, alcohols, and many organic solvents.
2-Butoxyethanol is primarily used as a solvent and a surfactant in a variety of industrial and commercial applications. It is used in the production of paints and coatings, printing inks, adhesives, wax emulsions, and paper coatings. It is also used in the formulation of cleaning agents, polishes, and degreasers, as well as rust inhibitors, and as an additive in gasoline and jet fuels.
In terms of health and safety, 2-Butoxyethanol is moderately toxic. It is an irritant to the eyes and skin and can cause irritation to the respiratory system. Prolonged exposure to this chemical can cause kidney and liver damage. It is also a potential carcinogen. Workers should be provided with appropriate protective equipment, such as gloves, goggles, and respirators, when handling this chemical.
2-Butoxyethanol is a volatile organic compound (VOC), and as such, it is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In order to limit the release of this chemical into the environment, manufacturers must use best management practices, such as implementing closed loop systems and using air pollution control devices.