Documentation for Immediately Dangerous To Life or Health Concentrations (IDLHs)
CAS number: 76–22–2
NIOSH REL: 2 mg/m3 TWA
Current OSHA PEL: 2 mg/m3 TWA
1989 OSHA PEL: Same as current PEL
1993-1994 ACGIH TLV: 12 mg/m3 (2 ppm) TWA, 19 mg/m3 (3 ppm) STEL
Description of Substance: Colorless or white crystals with a penetrating, aromatic odor.
LEL: . . 0.6% (10% LEL, 3,600 mg/m3)
Original (SCP) IDLH: 200 mg/m3
Basis for original (SCP) IDLH: No data on acute inhalation toxicity are available on which to base an IDLH for camphor. For this draft technical standard, therefore, the chosen IDLH is based on a report by Gronka et al.  concerning the camphor processing and packaging area of a plant. Concentrations of camphor ranging from 3 to 194 mg/m3 produced nose and sinus irritation among workers in this plant [Gronka et al. 1969].
Short-term exposure guidelines: None developed
ACUTE TOXICITY DATA
Lethal concentration data:
|Mouse||Nikolaeva 1957||-----||400 mg/m3||3 hr||720 mg/m3 (1.8)||72 mg/m3|
Lethal dose data:
|Flury and Zernik 1935|
Horikawa and Okada 1975
Smith and Margolis 1954
|5,600 mg/m3 |
|560 mg/m3 |
Human data: It has been reported that concentrations during camphor processing and packaging ranged from 33 to 194 mg/m3; workers had no complaints other than slight eye irritation and afternoon drowsiness [Gronka et al. 1969].
|Revised IDLH: 200 mg/m3 [Unchanged]
Basis for revised IDLH: Based on chronic inhalation toxicity data in workers [Gronka et al. 1969], the original IDLH for synthetic camphor (200 mg/m3) is not being revised at this time.
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3. Horikawa E, Okada T . Experimental study on acute toxicity of phenol camphor. Shika Gakuho (Journal of Dentistry) 75:934-939 (in Japanese).
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