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Document ID (ISN)107833
CIS number 08-254
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Title Xylene
Original title Xileno [in Spanish]
Bibliographic information Consejo Colombiano de Seguridad, Cra. 20 No. 39 - 62, Bogotß D.C., Colombia, [ca 2006]. 4p. Illus.
Abstract Chemical safety data sheet for xylene. The liquid and its vapours are flammable. Ingestion is harmful and can lead to death. Xylene is a central nervous system depressor. Inhalation results in nasal and pharyngeal mucous membrane irritation and at high concentrations, causes nausea, vomiting, migraine, tinnitus and severe respiratory disorders. Ingestion can cause irritation of the oral cavity and the stomach. Reflux of low amounts into the lungs can cause chemical pneumonia, with severe and possibly fatal lung damage. Contact with the skin causes degreasing and can often give rise to characteristic dermatitis. Xylene is absorbed through the skin. Eye contact causes irritation. Repeated exposure to vapours can cause reversible eye damage and haematopoietic effects. Chronic effects include migraine, tremors, nervousness, skin roughness and liver and renal damage.
Descriptors (primary) toxic effects; xylene; toxicology; Colombia
Descriptors (secondary) threshold limit values; eye injuries; tremor; ethylbenzene; p-xylene; fire hazards; diseases of central nervous system; migraine; skin absorption; hepatic disorders; vomiting; renal damage; chemical pneumonitis; dermatitis; explosion hazards; labelling; tinnitus; m-xylene; o-xylene; limitation of exposure; waste disposal; first aid; personal protective equipment; spills; legislation; respiratory impairment; data sheet; irritants
Document type B - Chemical safety information sheets
Country / State or ProvinceColombia
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Aromatic hydrocarbons