An organic compound composed of one carbon atom and two oxygen atoms, ethylene oxide (EtO or EO) is used primarily to produce other chemicals, including antifreeze. It is also a sterilizing agent that hospitals rely upon to help keep medical equipment germ-free.
Yet this colorless gas is also extremely flammable and highly toxic. With chronic exposure being linked to cancer and reproductive harm, we’ll take an in-depth look at the potential hazards faced by anyone who risks coming in contact with EtO.
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