Methyl ethyl ketone: health effects, incident management and toxicology

Information on methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) (also known as 2-butanone) for use in responding to chemical incidents.


Methyl ethyl ketone: incident management

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These documents provide information on the health effects of exposure, the chemical’s toxicity and material for responding to a chemical incident.

Updates to this page

Published 1 July 2014
Last updated 21 November 2022 + show all updates
  1. Updated guidance.

  2. Updated general information document.

  3. Updated incident management document.

  4. Updated incident management guidance.

  5. First published.

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