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Document ID (ISN)102275
CIS number 03-1087
ISBN(s) 92-4-153053-7
Year 2003
Convention or series no. CICAD No.53
Author(s) Chou C.H.S.J.
Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals (IOMC)
Title Hydrogen sulfide: Human health aspects
Bibliographic information World Health Organization, Distribution and Sales Service, 1211 Genève 27, Switzerland, 2003. iv, 35p. 153 ref.
Internet access http://www.who.int/ipcs/publications/cicad/en/cicad53.pdf [in English]
Abstract Conclusions of this criteria document: tolerable concentrations for hydrogen sulfide of 100µg/m3 and 20µg/m3 respectively are based on respiratory effects for short-term (exposure durations of 1-14 days) and medium-term (exposure up to 90 days) inhalation exposures. The odour threshold of hydrogen sulfide varies depending on individuals (mean 11µg/m3). At concentrations greater than 140µg/m3 olfactory paralysis occurs, making hydrogen sulfide very dangerous. Health effects in humans include death, and respiratory, ocular, neurological, cardiovascular, metabolic and reproductive effects (spontaneous abortion).
Descriptors (primary) IPCS; health hazards; toxicology; hydrogen sulfide
Descriptors (secondary) toxic effects; criteria document; literature survey; threshold limit values; arrhythmia; eye irritation; ILO; UNEP; WHO; metabolic disturbances; abortion; odour threshold; ecotoxicology; animal experiments; lethal concentration 50; respiratory impairment; neurotoxic effects
Document type B - Chemical safety information sheets
Country / State or ProvinceUSA; WHO
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Inorganic sulfur compounds
Inorganic substances