Ethylene Oxide is often highlighted for its sterilization capabilities in the medical industry. However, the chemical also plays an important role in many other industries where it is used in the production of plastics and also as a fumigant in some agricultural products.
Despite the many uses, ethylene oxide must be handled with extreme care as it is a highly toxic, flammable and explosive gas. An explosion from ethylene oxide would be very dangerous and can spread several thousand feet. Because of the properties of ethylene oxide (EtO), special care must be taken particularly when transporting and storing the gas.