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Document ID (ISN)60934
CIS number 93-1656
ISBN(s) 0-11-882084-2
Year 1993
Convention or series no. Guidance Note EH 65/6
Author(s) Delic J., South D., Brown R.
Health and Safety Executive
Title Epichlorohydrin. Criteria document for an occupational exposure limit
Bibliographic information HMSO Books, P.O. Box 276, London SW8 5DT, United Kingdom, 1993. vi, 49p. Illus. 126 ref. Price: GBP 10.00.
Abstract The few reports available on the toxic effects of a single exposure to epichlorohydrin (ECH) indicate that it is irritating to the skin, eyes and respiratory tract and that skin contact may result in chemical burns. One report suggests that inhalation of the vapour may lead to persistent bronchitis and liver damage. It may produce skin sensitisation. A number of epidemiological studies indicate no apparent relationships between any specific health effect and repeated occupational exposure to ECH. No firm conclusions may be drawn regarding carcinogenicity and genotoxicity. The proposed maximum exposure limits are 0.5ppm (2mg/m3 (8-hour TWA)) and 1.5ppm (6mg/m3 (15 minutes reference period)).
Descriptors (primary) United Kingdom; health hazards; epichlorohydrin; toxicology
Descriptors (secondary) toxic effects; literature survey; irritants; hepatic damage; criteria document; sensitizers; limitation of exposure; chemical burns; bronchitis
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Ethers
Ethylene oxide