What is it? 
2-Hydroxyethyl acrylate is an acrylic monomer. 

What is a monomer?   A monomer is a starting material or single unit from which a polymer is built. It refers to the repeat units that make up the polymer chains. Example: Ethylene is the monomer for polyethylene and styrene for polystyrene. 

How do I avoid it? 
You should avoid any contact with this substance. Avoidance of the monomer (unreacted chemical) is necessary to prevent recurrent allergic contact dermatitis. From a practical viewpoint, this means that you should avoid plastics and glues that are being made, such as in a factory or in industry- as a guideline avoid the plastics and glues when they’re in liquid form. Once they are solid (such as touching the finished, solid plastic in every day life, such as a plastic cup or chair) they no longer cause allergy. The full polymerized (reacted) monomer is no longer a sensitizer. Check the product contents list. 4-H gloves can offer protection but not vinyl or latex gloves.

Uses: 
  • Adhesives 
  • Artificial nails 
  • Coatings 
  • Dental embedding medium 
  • Lacquers 
  • UV-inks 
  • Photo-prepolymer printing plate procedure 

Other names for 2-Hydroxyethyl acrylate: 
  • 2-HEA 
  • beta-Hydroxyethyl acrylate 
  • 2-Hydroxyethyl 2-propenoate 
  • ethylene glycol monoacrylate 
  • HEA
  • Acrylic acid 2-hydroxyethyl ester

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