Toxic substances list: 2-butoxyethanol

2-Butoxyethanol is not currently produced in Canada. It is imported for use mainly as a component of formulations, as part of consumer products or manufactured articles, and as a chemical processing aid. Based on the National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI), most reported environmental releases are to the atmosphere, with some minor releases to water.

Emissions of 2-BE from industry into the atmosphere are not in concentrations high enough to pose a health risk to Canadians. There is no evidence that emissions of 2-BE from industry are in concentrations high enough to pose risks to the environment; however, there is evidence of health effects when 2-BE is used in indoor settings. For more information, please see  Risk Management - Brief Overview - 2-Butoxyethanol.

CAS (Chemical Abstract Service) registry number: 111-76-2

Risk assessment


This substance is entering the environment from the following sources:

Risk management strategy

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Consultation (past) on the substance:

Performance evaluation

Environment and Climate Change Canada has evaluated the performance of the 2-Butoxyethanol Regulations (the Regulations) to determine if they are effective in protecting human health from products containing 2-butoxyethanol (2-BE). A summary of the study commissioned in 2020 to help with this evaluation can be found below:

Other information


Substances Management Information Line
Chemicals Management Plan
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Gatineau, QC K1A 0H3

Telephone: 1-800-567-1999 (in Canada) or 819-938-3232
Fax: 819-938-3231

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