WHMIS (Hydroxyethyl methacrylate)

Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System

WHMIS 2015 classification - Note to reader
Update: 2016-07-13

  • Serious eye damage/eye irritation - Category 2B1 2
  • Skin sensitization - Category 12 3 4 5 6 7

  • WHMIS 2015 pictogram : Exclamation mark


Causes eye irritation (H320)
May cause allergic skin reaction (H317)

Ingredient disclosure

Comments8 : This product is generally commercialized with an inhibitor. Therefore, the health hazard classification could be different, according to the inhibitor used and its concentration. The physical hazard classification considers the product as inhibited. However, under
certain conditions (e.g. depletion or absence of the inhibitor) a hazardous polymerisation may occur.


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