Comprehensive risk assessments are available for the highest volume alkylphenols on the market which have demonstrated they can be used safely and without posing a risk to man or the environment.

In the past, nonylphenol ethoxylates were used as a surfactant in formulated cleaning products. The high aquatic toxicity of nonylphenol and its presence in the aquatic environment was the reason to restrict wide dispersive uses to manage potential risks to the aquatic environment.

The EU risk assessment acknowledges that indirect exposure via the environment is of no concern for risks to human health.