Description – Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK) is a colorless, volatile, organic solvent with a pleasant pungent odor similar to acetone. It can be found in coatings, adhesives, magnetic tapes, and printing inks; as an extraction solvent for hardwood pulping and vegetable oil; as a fragrance and flavoring agent in candy and perfumes; and as a sterilizer for bacterial spores on surgical instruments, hypodermic needles and syringes, and dental instruments. It is used in the manufacture of artificial leather, cements, adhesives, lubricating oils, paint removers, and cleaning fluids. MEK can enter into the human body through inhalation of its vapors, ingestion, or by contact with skin.
Risks – Exposure to methyl ethyl ketone can lead to irritation of the eyes, nose, and head; it can cause dizziness, memory alteration, dermatitis, fatigue, headaches, nausea, diminished vision, and vomiting. Prolonged exposure can cause central nervous system depression. Exposure to MEK has also been linked to birth defects.
If you believe you have become ill due to methyl ethyl ketone you should consult a physician immediately. You may also wish to contact a products liability lawyer. An experienced products liability lawyer can help you determine who is liable for your toxic exposure and get proper compensation for your injuries.