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California’s Prop 65 and Ethyl Acrylate Public Health Concerns


LA Testing provides analytical services to protect the public and help businesses comply with California’s Proposition 65.

Garden Grove, CA

In 1986, California voters approved an initiative to address increasing concerns about exposure to toxic chemicals. That initiative, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, is better known by its original name of Proposition 65.

Proposition 65 requires businesses to notify Californians about significant amounts of chemicals in the products they purchase, in their homes or workplaces, or that are released into the environment. This list includes ethyl acrylate, a clear liquid with an acrid penetrating odor.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “Exposure to ethyl acrylate is primarily occupational. Acute (short-term) exposure of workers to ethyl acrylate vapors has been reported to cause drowsiness, lethargy, headache, nausea, convulsions, and respiratory and gastrointestinal irritation. Noncancerous lesions and inflammation of the nasal mucosa and depressed body weight gain have been observed in rats and mice exposed by inhalation for a chronic (long-term) duration. Human studies on occupational exposure to ethyl acrylate/methyl methacrylate have suggested a relationship between exposure to the chemical(s) and colorectal cancer, but the evidence is conflicting and inconclusive.” The EPA has classified ethyl acrylate as a Group B2, probable human carcinogen.

“Human exposure to ethyl acrylate primarily occurs via inhalation and dermal contact,” reported Ben Sublasky, National Director of Client Services for LA Testing and EMSL Analytical, a leading environmental testing laboratory. “Ethyl acrylate is used in the manufacture of water-based latex paints and adhesives, textile and paper coatings, leather finish resins, and in the production of acrylic fibers. People working in those industries should be aware of the potential harm from contact with this chemical. The general public could be exposed by fugitive stack emissions or its release in wastewater. Environmental testing can help protect people and the environment from unnecessary exposure,” he continued.

LA Testing provides environmental and exposure testing services for ethyl acrylate. To learn more about Proposition 65 testing services please visit, email or call (800) 755-1794.

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