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Coal tar pitch volatiles

Synonyms & Trade Names
Synonyms vary depending upon the specific compound (e.g., pyrene, phenanthrene, acridine, chrysene, anthracene & benzo(a)pyrene). [Note: NIOSH considers coal tar, coal tar pitch, and creosote to be coal tar products.]
DOT ID & Guide
2713 153 (acridine)
Ca [80 mg/m3]
See: 65996932
Exposure Limits
: Ca TWA 0.1 mg/m3 (cyclohexane-extractable fraction) See Appendix A See Appendix C
: TWA 0.2 mg/m3 (benzene-soluble fraction) [1910.1002] See Appendix C
Measurement Methods

See: NMAM or OSHA Methods
Physical Description
Black or dark-brown amorphous residue.
Properties vary depending upon the specific compound.
Combustible Solids
Incompatibilities & Reactivities
Strong oxidizers
Exposure Routes
inhalation, skin and/or eye contact
dermatitis, bronchitis, [potential occupational carcinogen]
Target Organs
respiratory system, skin, bladder, kidneys
Cancer Site
[lung, kidney & skin cancer]
Personal Protection/Sanitation
(See protection codes)
Skin: Prevent skin contact
Eyes: Prevent eye contact
Wash skin: Daily
Remove: No recommendation
Change: Daily
First Aid
(See procedures)
Eye: Irrigate immediately
Skin: Soap wash immediately
Breathing: Respiratory support
Swallow: Medical attention immediately
Respirator Recommendations


At concentrations above the NIOSH REL, or where there is no REL, at any detectable concentration:
(APF = 10,000) Any self-contained breathing apparatus that has a full facepiece and is operated in a pressure-demand or other positive-pressure mode
(APF = 10,000) Any supplied-air respirator that has a full facepiece and is operated in a pressure-demand or other positive-pressure mode in combination with an auxiliary self-contained positive-pressure breathing apparatus

(APF = 50) Any air-purifying, full-facepiece respirator (gas mask) with a chin-style, front- or back-mounted organic vapor canister having an N100, R100, or P100 filter.
Click here for information on selection of N, R, or P filters.
Any appropriate escape-type, self-contained breathing apparatus

Important additional information about respirator selection

See also: INTRODUCTION   See ICSC CARD: 1415   See MEDICAL TESTS: 0054
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