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Document ID (ISN)60995
CIS number 93-1677
ISBN(s) 91-7045-187-7
Year 1992
Convention or series no. Arbete och hälsa 1992:35
Author(s) Garberg P., Högberg J.
Title Nordic Expert Group for the Documentation of Exposure Limits. 103. Selenium
Original title Nordiska Expertgruppen för Gränsvärdesdokumentation. 103. Selen [in Swedish]
Bibliographic information Arbetsmiljöinstitutet, Förlagstjänst, 171 84 Solna, Sweden, 1992. 26p. 104 ref.
Abstract Review and evaluation of the relevant literature. Selenium is encountered in copper refining (where it is recovered as a by-product), in the electronics, glass and rubber industries and in medicine. Selenium acid is toxic, and may enter the body through the skin and respiratory tract. Exposure may occur incase of accidental spills. Hydrogen selenide is more likely to be encountered under normal conditions (metallurgy), and is toxic on inhalation. Short-term exposure via the diet affects primarily the gastrointestinal tract, while chronic exposure produces nail malformations. Some selenium compounds induce skin allergies. Selenium sulfide is a carcinogen at high doses in rats and mice.
Descriptors (primary) nail deformities; Nordic Countries; selenium and compounds; carcinogenic effects; gastrointestinal diseases; determination of exposure limits; skin allergies
Descriptors (secondary) literature survey; Sweden; Norway; Denmark; criteria document; Iceland; hydrogen selenide; selenious acid; selenium; Finland
Document type F - Information notes, codes of practice, standards
Country / State or ProvinceSweden
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Gastrointestinal diseases
Inorganic substances
Skin diseases