IRIS

Ethylbenzene

CASRN 100-41-4

Protocol for the Ethylbenzene IRIS Assessment (Preliminary Assessment Materials)

Overview

In February 2023, EPA released the Protocol for the Ethylbenzene IRIS Assessment (Preliminary Assessment Materials) for a 30-day public review and comment period. As part of developing a draft IRIS assessment, EPA presents a protocol that describes the methodology for how the assessment will be conducted, including systematic review and dose-response. These could include strategies for literature searches, criteria for study inclusion or exclusion, considerations for evaluating study methods, information management for extracting data, approaches for synthesis within and across lines of evidence, and methods for derivation of toxicity values.

Citation

U.S. EPA. Protocol for the Ethylbenzene IRIS Assessment (Preliminary Assessment Materials). U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, EPA/635/R-23/014, 2023.

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Background

Ethylbenzene is a colorless, flammable liquid with a sweet, gasoline-like odor. It is naturally found in products such as coal tar and crude petroleum. Ethylbenzene is primarily used as a chemical intermediate to produce styrene. In smaller quantities, ethylbenzene is also used as a solvent in common products like rubber, inks, insecticides, paints, and in fuels.

History/Chronology

Date Description
01-Sep 2017EPA released the IRIS Assessment Plan (IAP) for Ethylbenzene for public comment and review. [Federal Register Notice Sep 18, 2017]
02-Feb 2023EPA released the Protocol for the Ethylbenzene IRIS Assessment (Preliminary Assessment Materials). [Federal Register Notice February 17, 2023]


Status

The IRIS Program will use the protocol to develop the draft assessment.


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Download(s)

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Federal Register Notices

Docket

Comments on the assessment may be submitted and reviewed using the Docket ID EPA-HQ-ORD-2014-0526

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