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Document ID (ISN)109004
CIS number 08-1409
ISSN - Serial title 1877-7856 - Encyclopédie médico-chirurgicale
Year 2008
Convention or series no. Fascicule 16002-C30, 3-2008
Author(s) Théodore J., Baud F.
Title Chlorine
Original title Chlore [in French]
Bibliographic information Toxicologie-Pathologie professionnelle, 3nd Quarter 2008, No.160, 5p. 28 ref.
Abstract Chlorine is widely used in industry. Its toxicity primarily results in respiratory diseases, although acute exposure can also cause eye damage. Acute poisoning is rare but can be fatal. In cases of occupational respiratory diseases, the prognosis is generally positive following removal from exposure. Carcinogenic risks are possible but have been difficult to prove in humans. There is currently no specific treatment for chlorine poisoning, but all acute exposures require hospital observation, even in the absence of symptoms. Preventive measures play an important role in limiting this chemical hazard. Regular medical supervision of exposed workers is required for detecting symptoms which may be potentially highly incapacitating.
Descriptors (primary) toxic effects; chlorine; respiratory diseases; harmful substances; France
Descriptors (secondary) poisoning; acute toxicity; acute poisoning; limitation of exposure; exposure evaluation; eye injuries; medical supervision; medical examinations; encyclopaedia; data sheet; chronic toxicity
Document type F - Information notes, codes of practice, standards
Country / State or ProvinceFrance
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Halogens and their inorganic compounds
Inorganic substances