Chartered in 1982, the Ethylene Oxide Industry Council (EOIC) was formed by ethylene oxide manufacturers to evaluate the results of an animal study that was expected to affect Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulatory decisions on ethylene oxide (EO). From 1982 to 2003, the EOIC was active in addressing federal and international regulatory initiatives and in sponsoring various scientific research projects to provide agencies with information to make reasonable and scientifically sound regulatory decisions.
Chartered in 1986, the Ethylene Glycol Panel formed to augment the ethylene glycol (EG) toxicological database. It has continued with voluntary testing focusing on developmental toxicity and renal effects and pharmacokinetics research in animals and humans. The panel also has addressed federal, state and international risk assessment initiatives involving ethylene glycol and product stewardship.
In 2003, the Ethylene Glycol Panel combined with the EOIC to form the Ethylene Oxide/Ethylene Glycols Panel. The panel focuses on the generation, collection, evaluation and dissemination of information pertinent to the safe handling and environmental and health effects arising from production, storage, transportation, use and disposal of ethylene oxide and ethylene glycols. The ethylene glycols covered are: monoethylene glycol, diethylene glycol, triethylene glycol, tetraethylene glycol and pentaethylene glycol.
What is Ethylene Oxide?
EO Product Stewardship Manual – 3rd edition
Ethylene Oxide – An Essential Raw Material for Many Important Products (chart)
Glossary of Terms