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Document ID (ISN)63620
CIS number 95-216
ISSN - Serial title 1250-3274 - Archives des maladies professionnelles et de médecine du travail
Year 1994
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Brosset A., Marquet P., Lachâtre G., Merle L.
Title Methyl bromide - Use and hazards for applicators and consumers
Original title Bromure de méthyle, son emploi, son danger pour l'applicateur et le consommateur [in French]
Bibliographic information 1994, Vol.55, No.3, p.189-196. 28 ref.
Abstract Methyl bromide is a widely used fumigant and soil disinfectant which is cheap, efficient and quite easy to apply. In exposed people, lung, skin, gastro-intestinal tract and, in particular, central nervous system toxicities have been reported. Methyl bromide is potentially highly dangerous because: it is colourless and almost odourless, so that severe exposure could occur unknowingly; toxic manifestations are delayed and could develop hours after the exposure; there is no known antidote; repeated exposures to low concentrations may be harmful (neurological and psychiatric sequelae have been described). Safety regulations about its use should be strictly followed and enforced. Applicators should be properly trained.
Descriptors (primary) dangerous substances; methyl bromide; toxicity evaluation; toxic substances; fumigants
Descriptors (secondary) symptoms; safety and health engineering; safety and health training; biological effects; neurological effects
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFrance
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Halogenated hydrocarbons
Agricultural chemicals