Ethanolamine is a chemical used in many personal care products as a pH adjuster, buffer and surfactantii, as well as in cleaning products. It is very harsh on skin and eyes and can cause severe skin burns, eye damage, is harmful if inhaled and can cause dermatitis from prolonged exposureiii. Monoethanolamine or MEA is known to be contaminated with some Diethanolamine (DEA). DEA is known to form nitrosamines, which are highly carcinogenic compoundsii.
ii) CIR MEA
iii) MSDS MEA