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TRIETHANOLAMINE

CAS N: 102-71-6

 

 

 

 

 

SIDS INITIAL ASSESSMENT PROFILE

CAS NO

102-71-6

CHEMICAL NAME

Triethanolamine

STRUCTURAL FORMULA

(HOCH2CH2)3N

RECOMMENDATION OF THE SPONSOR COUNTRY

[ X ] presently of low priority for further work

[  ] requiring further information to assess identified concerns

[  ] candidate for in-depth risk assessment with a view to possible risk reduction activities

SHORT SUMMARY OF THE REASONS WHICH SUPPORT THE RECOMMENDATION

Environment - Triethanolamine is likely to be released mainly to water, where it may biodegrade. Transfer to other environmental compartments is likely to be limited.

Triethanolamine is of low toxicity to fish, Daphnia and algae. Several potential release sources of triethanolamine have been identified. The PECs derived for release of triethanolamine from production are greater than the MTC and PNEC, indicating that further work may be needed in order to refine the assessment. The PECs derived for use of triethanolamine in metal working fluids are less than the MTC and PNEC, and indicate that triethanolamine does not pose a risk to aquatic organisms from this use.

Triethanolamine is a basic compound, thus if it is released to water in large quantities, effects on the pH of the receiving water might be expected.

Human health - Triethanolamine is of low toxicity following single exposures. There were some signs of systemic toxicity at high exposure levels, and mild skin irritation following repeated exposures using the dermal route. It is not genotoxic, carcinogenic, or toxic to development or the reproductive system.

IF FURTHER WORK IS RECOMMENDED, SUMMARISE ITS NATURE

No further toxicity testing is required.

Further information would help to refine the exposure assessment:

- data from production sites in other countries,

- more information relating to occupational exposure and the use of triethanolamine in consumer products.












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