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How Dangerous is Petroleum Ether?

  1. Aug 20, 2015 #1
    Please forgive me, I have no idea about this subject/topic at all. My job requires me to degrease metal components from time to time. I currently use Petroleum Ether in small quantities in a glass bowl to wash components with. I have had no side effects so far but after looking at the label again. I have doubts as to how safe it is. Could some one please let me know how bad this stuff is? There is not really any ventilation in the room and I don't usually wear any PPE.

    Any help/ advice would be appreciated.
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  3. Aug 20, 2015 #2
    In the US employers are required to make available material Safety Data Sheets for all hazardous materials used in the work place. One can get info on material over the web for petroleum ether see http://www.sciencelab.com/msds.php?msdsId=9927688
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