What is it? 
Dioctyl phthalate is a substance used in the manufacturing of some plastics and rubbers. Phthalates are by far the most widely used plasticizers, primarily to make soft and flexible polyvinyl chloride (PVC) for the applications in the industry of automotive, building & construction material, cable, flooring, medical device and toys 

How do I avoid it? 
You should avoid any contact with this substance. Avoidance requires reading labels, package inserts, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), and, on occasion, direct communication with the manufacturer. 

Uses
• Adhesives 
• Caulk 
• Dye carrier 
• Insect repellents 
• Medical devices:
  • IV bags and tubing
  • Catheters
  • Nasogastric tubes
  • Dialysis bags and tubing
  • Blood bags 
  • Air tubes 
• Paint 
• Sealants 
• Small molecule phthalates are used as solvents in perfumes to provide longer linger and in nail polish to prevent chipping. 
• Solid rocket propellents 
• Solvents in lacquer and pesticides 
• Textile lubricating agents 

Other names for dioctyl phthalate
• 1,2-Benzene dicarboxylic acid bis (2-ethylhexyl ester) 
• 1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid bis(2-ethylhexyl) ester 
• Ethyl hexyl phthalate 
• 2-Ethylhexyl phthalate 
 Bis (2-ethylhexyl phthalate) 
• DEHP 
• Di (2-Ethylhexyl) Phthalate 
• Diethylhexyl phthalate
• Di-sec-octyl phthalate 
• DOP 
• Octoil 
• Octyl phthalate 
• phthalic acid dioctyl ester 

Potential cross-reacting/co-reacting substances
• Other phthalate

How safe is it?

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