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Document ID (ISN)107370
CIS number 07-1421
ISBN(s) 92-4-151051-X
Year 1991
Convention or series no. HSG 51
International Programme on Chemical Safety (IPCS)
Title Paraquat - Health and safety guide
Bibliographic information World Health Organization, Distribution and Sales Service, 1211 Genève 27, Switzerland, 1991. 36p. Illus. 20 ref.
Internet access [in English]
Abstract This document provides practical guidance on the application of exposure limitation guidelines contained in Environmental Health Criteria 39 (see CIS 86-214). Contents: identity and uses of paraquat; human health hazards; health surveillance and first aid; safety in storage and use; environmental hazards; summary of chemical safety information for use in the workplace; current regulations and guidelines. Paraquat is highly toxic and often fatal if swallowed. Contact with liquid products can cause severe damage to the skin or eyes. Inhalation causes irritation of the respiratory system.
Descriptors (primary) IPCS; health hazards; health engineering; paraquat
Descriptors (secondary) poisoning; disposal of harmful waste; irritants; ILO; UNEP; WHO; data sheet; storage; permissible levels; first aid; containment of spills; fire protection; legislation; labelling
Document type F - Information notes, codes of practice, standards
Country / State or ProvinceWHO
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Heterocyclic compounds