- * intro Two Cats * & Ziggy s Cat 2009Message 1 of 1 , Mar 4 7:44 AMView Source
Ziggy's cat was poisoned by professional carpet cleaning
It took me 10 days to get a written copy of the Material Safety Data Sheet for Clean Shower. There were no ingredients disclosed. But there was something obviously health hazardous to have the warnings that would go with some kind of glycol butyl ether. I want to know which one and how much.
Clean Shower written MSDS p 1-3 pdf #2 No ingredients disclosed
#8 must have ventilation .. EYE PROTECTION (wear splash-proof chemical safety goggles) & PROTECTIVE GLOVES (Impervious, rubber or neoprene, gloves) OTHER PROTECTIVE CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT (Wear impervious protective clothing; eyewash facility is recommended in work area)
See p 1 #2 no ingredients disclosed
See p 2 #8 ... warnings *
Compare to this glycol butyl ether:
16. Other MSDS Information on 2-butoxyethanol
NFPA Ratings: Health: 2 Flammability: 2 Reactivity: 0
Label Hazard Warning:
DANGER! HARMFUL IF SWALLOWED, INHALED OR ABSORBED THROUGH SKIN. CAUSES EYE IRRITATION. AFFECTS CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM, BLOOD AND BLOOD-FORMING ORGANS, KIDNEYS, LIVER & LYMPHOID SYSTEM. COMBUSTIBLE LIQUID & VAPOR. MAY CAUSE IRRITATION TO SKIN AND RESPIRATORY TRACT.
Says the EPA / CA joint janitorial study:
"Glycol alkyl ethers are commonly used as solvents. 2-Butoxy Ethanol is one of the most toxic of the glycol ethers. You should use products containing butoxyethanol with extreme care. It is a poison that can easily absorb through your skin to harm you. When working with it, always wear gloves and goggles and be sure the you have enough ventilation." More probably exposure is vapors in one's eyes ... but NOT ingestion as is suspected by some MSDSs
The reason Clean Shower company did not disclose ingredients was because EPA said it wasn't harmful nor caused any cancers ... and so did IARC, NTP, OSHA & ACGIH
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EPA & CA did a study
Janitorial Products Pollution Prevention Project - Sponsored by US EPA, State of California, Santa Clara County, the City of Richmond, and the Local Government Commission. Written by Thomas Barron, Carol Berg, and Linda Bookman. 6/99. *6% of professional janitors are harmed each year from cleaning compounds.