What is it?
Ethyl methacrylate is methacrylate monomer used to manufacture plastics. “Monomer” is a plastic compound.

How should I avoid it?
Avoidance of ethyl methacrylate is necessary to prevent recurrent allergic contact dermatis. Cross-sensitization occurs among acrylates, which makes switching from one acrylate to another often unsuccessful in avoiding allergic contact dermatitis. Rubber gloves do not prevent penetration of acrylic monomers.

It is optimal to completely avoid exposure to the ingredients to which you are allergic. If you must be exposed to this acrylate (for example because of your job), you may try to wear nitrile gloves and change them every 10 minutes. Acrylates pass through nitrile gloves if they are worn for longer periods of time. Other gloves such as rubber latex gloves are less desirable since acrylates pass through them quickly.

Uses:
• Cosmetics
  • Artificial nails
  • Nail extenders
• Medical
  • Adhesive tape
  • Contact lenses
  • Hearing aids
  • Artificial joint
• Dental
  • Dentures
  • Fillings
  • Coatings
• Industrial
  • Adhesives
  • Printing plates
  • Inks
  • Paints
  • Coatings for glass, rubber, leather, and textiles
Other names for Ethyl Methacrylate:
• Acrylate monomer
• Acrylate plastic
• Acrylate resin
• Acrylate acid ethyl ester
• Ethyl-2-methyl-2-propenoate
• 2-Methyl-2-prpanoic acid, ethyl ester
• 2-Proponoic acid, 2-methy-,ethyl ester
• 2-(methoxycarbonyl)-1-propene
• EMA

Potential cross reacting/co-reacting substances:
• Other acrylic monomers and polymers

How safe is it?

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