Ethylene Glycols - American Chemistry Council
Ethylene Glycols Facts
- Ethylene glycol is a chemical commonly used in many commercial and industrial applications including antifreeze and coolant.
- Ethylene glycol helps keep your car’s engine from freezing in the winter and acts as a coolant to reduce overheating in the summer.
- Other important uses of ethylene glycol include heat transfer fluids used as industrial coolants for gas compressors, heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning systems, and ice skating rinks.
Ethylene glycol also is used as a raw material in the production of a wide range of products including polyester fibers for clothes, upholstery, carpet and pillows; fiberglass used in products such as jet skis, bathtubs, and bowling balls; and polyethylene terephthalate resin used in packaging film and bottles. Many of these products are energy saving and cost efficient as well as recyclable.
Ethylene Glycols Members
The Ethylene Glycols Panel promotes the principles of Responsible Care and focuses on the generation, collection, evaluation and dissemination of information pertinent to the safe handling and environmental and health issues arising from the production, storage, transportation, use and disposal of ethylene glycols.
In 2003, the Ethylene Glycol Panel combined with the Ethylene Oxide Industry Council (EOIC) to form the Ethylene Oxide/Ethylene Glycols Sector Group. The group 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.