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Document ID (ISN)100372
CIS number 02-1126
ISBN(s) 92-4-157221-3
Year 2001
Convention or series no. Environmental Health Criteria 221
International Programme on Chemical Safety (IPCS)
Title Zinc
Bibliographic information World Health Organization, Distribution and Sales Service, 1211 Genève 27, Switzerland, 2001. xxiii, 360p. Illus. Approx. 1150 ref.
Internet access 02-1126.pdf [in English] [in English]
Abstract Conclusions of this criteria document: zinc poisoning can cause gastrointestinal distress, nausea and diarrhoea, occasionally leading to death. Occupational exposure to finely-dispersed particulate matter when zinc is volatilized can lead to metal fume fever characterized by fever, chills, dyspnoea, nausea and fatigue. Occupational asthma has been reported among persons working with soft solder fluxes, but the evidence was not sufficient to indicate a causal relationship. Primary targets of absorbed zinc are muscle, bone, liver, pancreas, kidney and other organs.
Descriptors (primary) IPCS; toxicology; zinc; WHO
Descriptors (secondary) toxic effects; literature survey; ILO; UNEP; criteria document; asthma; metal fume fever; soldering flux; ecotoxicology; zinc oxide
Document type B - Chemical safety information sheets
Country / State or ProvinceWHO
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s)
Browse category(ies) Inorganic substances