Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health Concentrations (IDLH)
CAS number: 7553–56–2
NIOSH REL: 0.1 ppm (1 mg/m3) CEILING
Current OSHA PEL: 0.1 ppm (1 mg/m3) CEILING
1989 OSHA PEL: Same as current PEL
1993-1994 ACGIH TLV: 0.1 ppm (1 mg/m3) CEILING
Description of substance: Violet solid with a sharp, characteristic odor.
LEL:. . Noncombustible Solid
Original (SCP) IDLH: 10 ppm
Basis for original (SCP) IDLH: The chosen IDLH is based on an analogy with bromine which has an IDLH of 10 ppm.
Short-term exposure guidelines: None developed
ACUTE TOXICITY DATA:
Lethal concentration data:
|Species||Reference||LC50(ppm)||LCLo(ppm)||Time||Adjusted 0.5-hr LC (CF)||Derived value|
|Rat||Izmerov et al. 1982||—–||76||1 hr||95 ppm (1.25)||9.5 ppm|
Lethal dose data:
|Species||Reference||Route||LD50(mg/kg)||LDLo(mg/kg)||Adjusted LD||Derived value|
|Angelis 1979Angelis 1979
Flury and Zernik 1935
|9,289 ppm14,597 ppm
|929 ppm1,460 ppm
Human data: It has been reported that work was difficult but possible at 0.15 to 0.2 ppm and that work was impossible at 0.3 ppm [Flury and Zernik 1931]. Exposures to 1 ppm have been reported to be highly irritating [Casarett 1975]. Eye irritation was experienced at 1.63 ppm after 2 minutes [ACGIH 1980]. It has been stated that iodine-containing materials appear to be more toxic than analogous bromine or chlorine-containing materials [ILO 1971]. The lethal oral dose has been reported to be 2 to 3 grams [Moore 1938]. [Note: An oral dose of 2 to 3 grams is equivalent to a worker being exposed to 126 to 190 ppm for 30 minutes, assuming a breathing rate of 50 liters per minute and 100% absorption.]
|Revised IDLH: 2 ppmBasis for revised IDLH: The revised IDLH for iodine is 2 ppm based on acute inhalation toxicity data in humans [ACGIH 1980]. This may be a conservative value due to the lack of relevant acute toxicity data for workers exposed to concentrations above 2 ppm. However, since it has been reported that iodine-containing materials are more toxic than bromine-containing materials, a revised IDLH of 2 ppm for iodine is appropriate since the revised IDLH for bromine is 3 ppm.|
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