Toluene

About one third of the toluene produced each year is used as a solvent in paints, coatings, sealants, adhesives, inks and cleaning agents.

How can this chemical affect my health?

Acute (Short Term) Effects

orange toxic to humans and animals symbol Toxic to Humans & Animals – Can be fatal on contact, ingestion or inhalation for humans and other mammals.

yellow eye irritant symbol Irritates the Eyes – Can cause irritation or serious damage to the eye.

yellow skin irritant symbol Irritates the Skin – Can cause irritation or serious damage to the skin.

Chronic (Long Term) Effects

orange birth defects symbol Birth Defects – Can cause harm to the developing child including birth defects, low birth weight and biological or behavioral problems that appear as the child grows.

orange reproductive harm symbol Reproductive Harm – Can disrupt the male or female reproductive systems, changing sexual development, behavior or functions, decreasing fertility, or resulting in loss of the fetus during pregnancy.

orange endocrine disruption symbol Endocrine Disruption – Can interfere with hormone communication between cells which controls metabolism, development, growth, reproduction and behavior (the endocrine system).

yellow asthma trigger symbol Asthma Trigger – Can result in high sensitivity so that small quantities trigger asthma, nose or sinus inflammation or other allergic reactions in the respiratory system.

yellow brain and nervous system harm symbol Brain/Nervous System Harm – Can cause damage to the nervous system including the brain.

yellow other health effects symbol Other Health Effects – Can cause serious damage on contact or ingestion.

grey cancer symbol Cancer – Can cause or increase the risk of cancer.

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