Ethylene oxide is used in the manufacture of surfactants, industrial cleaners, cosmetics, emulsifiers, paint, heat transfer fluids and glycols for polyester fibers and film, PET resin and antifreeze.


North America


SDS - Safety Data Sheet
PSB - Product Stewardship Bulletin

Product Data and Technical Information

Corporate Statement

LyondellBasell is a leading producer of ethylene oxide (EO).

Benefits & Applications

EO is a colorless gas at room temperature and a liquid at 12°C; it is soluble in organic solvents and miscible in water. EO is a chemically reactive material and is used in the manufacture of ethylene glycols, ethanolamines, glycol ethers, surface-active agents and polyether polyols.

Prohibited Applications of Ethylene Oxide

The use of LyondellBasell Ethylene Oxide in the following applications is prohibited:

- Fumigants, sterilants, pesticides
- Munitions

Chemical Category

Epoxides, Ethers