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Document ID (ISN)77948
CIS number 02-363
ISSN - Serial title 1877-7856 - Encyclopédie médico-chirurgicale
Year 2001
Convention or series no. Fascicule 16-002-E-30
Author(s) Dewitte J.D., Choucroun P., Sawicki B.
Title Toxicity of tin and its compounds
Original title Toxicité de l'étain et de ses dérivés [in French]
Bibliographic information Toxicologie-Pathologie professionnelle, 3rd Quarter 2001, No.132, 4p. Illus. 16 ref.
Internet access 02-0363.pdf [in French]
Abstract Tin is used in industry, as well as in veterinary and medical applications. It forms many inorganic or organometallic compounds. Organotin compounds are highly toxic to bacteria, algae, fungi and phyto- and zooplankton. For this reason, they are widely used in anti-fouling marine paints. However, these compounds appear to present a hazard to aquatic life, notably by disrupting the endocrine system. Their use has been severely curtailed by the 76/769/EEC directive. Cases of food poisoning have been described in human pathology. Concerning the respiratory system, a case of stannosis, a specific form of pneumoconiosis, is described. Skin and respiratory irritation symptoms are also well known. Finally, a case of neurotoxicity is reported in connection with exposure to organotin compounds. Metallic tin is not subject to any specific regulations, and the handling of its compounds is not subject to any specific medical surveillance requirement.
Descriptors (primary) toxic effects; tin and compounds; toxicology; France
Descriptors (secondary) neurotoxic effects; tin; upper respiratory tract; European Communities; organotin compounds; data sheet; antifouling paints; tinsmelters pneumoconiosis; skin; food contamination; encyclopaedia; irritation
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) Inorganic substances