Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health Concentrations (IDLH)
CAS number: 463–51–4
NIOSH REL: 0.5 ppm (0.9 mg/m3) TWA, 1.5 ppm (3 mg/m3) STEL
Current OSHA PEL: 0.5 ppm (0.9 mg/m3) TWA
1989 OSHA PEL: 0.5 ppm (0.9 mg/m3) TWA, 1.5 ppm (3 mg/m3) STEL
1993-1994 ACGIH TLV: 0.5 ppm (0.86 mg/m3) TWA, 1.5 ppm (2.6 mg/m3) STEL
Description of substance: Colorless gas with a penetrating odor.
LEL: . . Unknown
Original (SCP) IDLH*: Unknown [*Note: “Effective” IDLH = 25 ppm — see discussion below.]
Basis for original (SCP) IDLH: No data on acute inhalation toxicity are available on which to base an IDLH for ketene. For this draft technical standard, therefore, the respirators have been selected on the basis of the assigned protection factor afforded by each device up to 50 ´ the OSHA PEL of 0.5 ppm (i.e., 25 ppm); only the “most protective” respirators are permitted for use in concentrations exceeding 25 ppm.
Short-term exposure guidelines: None developed
ACUTE TOXICITY DATA:
Lethal concentration data:
|Species||Reference||LC50(ppm)||LCLo(ppm)||Time||Adjusted 0.5-hrLC (CF)||Derived value|
|Mouse||Mendenhall & Stokinger 1959||17||—–||10 min||12 ppm (0.69)||1.2 ppm|
|Mouse||Treon et al. 1949||—–||23||30 min||23 ppm (1.0)||2.3 ppm|
|Rabbit||Treon et al. 1949||—–||53||2 hr||85 ppm (1.6)||8.5 ppm|
|G. pig||Treon et al. 1949||—–||53||2 hr||85 ppm (1.6)||8.5 ppm|
|Cat||Treon et al. 1949||—–||750||10 min||518 ppm (0.69)||52 ppm|
|Monkey||Treon et al. 1949||—–||200||10 min||138 ppm (0.69)||14 ppm|
|Mouse||Treon et al. 1949||—–||50||10 min||35 ppm (0.69)||3.5 ppm|
|Rabbit||Treon et al. 1949||—–||1,000||10 min||690 ppm (0.69)||69 ppm|
Human data: It has been stated that 5 ppm is the lowest concentration productive of a clinically relevant physiologic response [Stokinger 1960].
|Revised IDLH: 5 ppmBasis for revised IDLH: The revised IDLH for ketene is 5 ppm based on acute inhalation toxicity data in humans [Stokinger 1960] and animals [Treon et al. 1949]. This may be a conservative value due to the lack of relevant acute toxicity data for workers exposed to concentrations above 5 ppm.|
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