2-MERCAPTO-ETHANOL, 100 ml, bot.


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W01030199 - Haematology reagents - other
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Reagent used in the DAT leishmaniasis test to preserve samples to be tested by delaying their oxidation process. It is also used for Chagas' disease: Hai test.




Technical specifications

  • CAS n°: 60-24-2
  • Formula: C2H6OS (HSCH2CH2OH)
  • Liquid reagent
  • 1 litre contains 14.3 moles

Packaging & Labelling

100 ml brown glass bottle

Transport Dangerous Goods

  • UN2966
  • Class: 6.1
  • Packing group: II
  • Proper shipping name: Thioglycol

Instructions for use

Needs to be mixed with physiological saline solution before performing the dilution of the sera to be tested.

Please consult the “Updated laboratory procedures, 2022” available online via the Laboratory working Group sharepoint page: Laboratory Procedures and Resources.


For offline access, contact your laboratory advisor.

Precautions for Use

Check if an import licence is needed in your country (Latin-America!) when ordering the reagent.


  • Store between 2-8°C.
  • Transportation: below 25°C for maximum 10 days.
  • No expiry date

Waste management

Substance with hazardous characteristics. Please contact your watsan referent for advice on proper disposal.

Detailed hazard and precautionary information can be found in the safety data sheet (SDS).

Classification EC Regulation N° 1272/2008

  • Acute toxicity, Oral: Category 3, H301
  • Acute toxicity, Inhalation: Category 3, H331
  • Acute toxicity, Dermal: Category 3, H311
  • Skin irritation: Category 2, H315
  • Serious eye damage: Category 1, H318
  • Skin sensitisation: Category 1, H317
  • Specific target organ toxicity - repeated exposure, Oral: Category 2, Liver, Heart, H373
  • Acute aquatic toxicity: Category 1, H400
  • Chronic aquatic toxicity: Category 1, H410

Signal Word


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H302Harmful if swallowed
H311Toxic in contact with skin.
H315Causes skin irritation
H319Causes serious eye irritation
H335May cause respiratory irritation
H411Toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects.
P261Avoid breathing dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray.
P273Avoid release to the environment
P280Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection
P312Call a POISON CENTER or doctor/physician if you feel unwell.
P301 + P312IF SWALLOWED: call a POISON CENTER or doctor/physician if you feel
P302 + P352IF ON SKIN: wash with plenty of soap and water
P305 + P351 + P338IF IN EYES: rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. If the victim wears contact lenses, remove them if possible. Keep rinsing

MSF requirements

Essential reagent for an efficient DAT (Leishmaniasis) and Hai (Chagas) test.

Limited volume to reduce the risk of contamination.

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