Xylene

Xylene is a solvent used in polyurethane-based sealants. Concern over emissions has consumers moving to water-based sealants.

How can this chemical affect my health?

Acute (Short Term) Effects

orange toxic to humans and animals 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

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

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

grey 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.

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