Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health Concentrations (IDLH)
CAS number: 591–78–6
NIOSH REL: 1 ppm (4 mg/m3) TWA
Current OSHA PEL: 100 ppm (410 mg/m3) TWA
1989 OSHA PEL: 5 ppm (20 mg/m3) TWA
1993-1994 ACGIH TLV: 5 ppm (20 mg/m3) TWA
Description of Substance: Colorless liquid with an acetone-like odor.
LEL:. . Unknown
Original (SCP) IDLH: 5,000 ppm
Basis for original (SCP) IDLH: The chosen IDLH is based on the statements by AIHA  that guinea pigs exposed to 6,000 ppm showed signs of beginning narcosis at 30 minutes and deep anesthesia at the end of 1 hour; death did not occur for 6.5 hours at this concentration [Specht et al. 1940]. Also, AIHA  reported that 8,000 ppm killed all rats during a 4-hour exposure [Smyth et al. 1954]. [Note: For "convenience", an IDLH of 5,000 ppm (50 × the OSHA PEL) was originally chosen rather than 6,000 ppm.]
Short-term exposure guidelines: None developed
ACUTE TOXICITY DATA
Lethal concentration data:
Schrenk et al. 1936
Smyth et al. 1954
|16,000 ppm (2.0) |
26,600 ppm (1.33)
16,000 ppm (2.0)
Lethal dose data:
|Schrenk et al. 1936|
Smyth et al. 1954
Tanii et al. 1936
|4,358 ppm |
|436 ppm |
Other animal data: Narcosis occurs in guinea pigs after 30 minutes of exposure to 20,000 ppm [Schrenk et al. 1936].
Human data: Volunteers exposed to 1,000 ppm reported a strong odor and transient, moderate eye and nasal irritation [DiVencenzo et al. 1978].
|Revised IDLH: 1,600 ppm
Basis for revised IDLH: The revised IDLH for 2-hexanone is 1,600 ppm based on acute inhalation toxicity data in humans [DiVencenzo et al. 1978] and animals [NPIRI 1974; Smyth et al. 1954]. This may be a conservative value due to the lack of relevant acute toxicity data for workers exposed to concentrations above 1,000 ppm.
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6. Specht H, Miller JW, Valaer PJ, Sayers RR . Acute response of guinea pigs to the inhalation of ketone vapors. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, Federal Security Agency, U.S. Public Health Service, National Institute of Health Bulletin No, 176, pp. 1-66.
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