Methyl (n-amyl) ketone
Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health Concentrations (IDLH)
CAS number: 110–43–0
NIOSH REL: 100 ppm (465 mg/m3) TWA
Current OSHA PEL: 100 ppm (465 mg/m3) TWA
1989 OSHA PEL: Same as current PEL
1993-1994 ACGIH TLV: 50 ppm (233 mg/m3) TWA
Description of substance: Colorless to white liquid with a banana-like, fruity odor.
LEL(@151°F): 1.1% (10% LEL(@151°F), 1,100 ppm)
Original (SCP) IDLH: 4,000 ppm
Basis for original (SCP) IDLH: The chosen IDLH is based on the statement by Patty  that 2,000 ppm was strongly narcotic and 4,800 ppm caused narcosis and death in guinea pigs in 4 to 8 hours [Specht et al. 1940].
Short-term exposure guidelines: None developed
ACUTE TOXICITY DATA:
Lethal concentration data:
|Rat||Clayton & Clayton 1981||-----||4,000||4 hr||8,000 ppm (2.0)||800 ppm|
|G. pig||Specht et al. 1940||-----||2,000||14.8 hr||6,180 ppm (3.09)||618 ppm|
Lethal dose data:
|Adjusted LD||Derived value|
|Rat||Smyth et al. 1962||oral||1,670||-----||2,461 ppm||246 ppm|
|Mouse||Srepel & Akacic 1962||oral||730||-----||1,076 ppm||108 ppm|
Other animal data: Exposures to guinea pigs lasting 4-8 hours were irritating to the mucous membranes at 1,500 ppm, strongly narcotic at 2,000 ppm, and caused narcosis and death at 4,800 ppm [Specht et al. 1940].
Human data: None relevant for use in determining the revised IDLH.
|Revised IDLH: 800 ppm
Basis for revised IDLH: The revised IDLH for methyl (n-amyl) ketone is 800 ppm based on acute inhalation toxicity data in animals [Clayton and Clayton 1981].
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