Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health Concentrations (IDLH)
CAS number: 96–18–4
NIOSH REL: 10 ppm (60 mg/m3) TWA [skin]; NIOSH considers 1,2,3-trichloropropane to be a potential occupational carcinogen as defined by the OSHA carcinogen policy [29 CFR 1990].
Current OSHA PEL: 50 ppm (300 mg/m3) TWA
1989 OSHA PEL: 10 ppm (60 mg/m3) TWA
1993-1994 ACGIH TLV: 10 ppm (60 mg/m3) TWA [skin]
Description of substance: Colorless liquid with a chloroform-like odor.
LEL(@248°F) : 3.2% (10% LEL(@248°F), 3,200 ppm)
Original (SCP) IDLH: 1,000 ppm
Basis for original (SCP) IDLH: UCC  reported that 5 of 6 rats died following a 1-hour exposure to 5,600 ppm. Because several mice died following only a 20-minute exposure to 5,000 ppm [McOmie and Barnes 1949 as cited by ACGIH 1971], 5,000 ppm has not been chosen as the IDLH. The chosen IDLH is based on the rat 4-hour LCLO of 1,000 ppm [Smyth et al. 1962 cited by NIOSH 1976].
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||Izmerov et al. 1982||555||—–||2 hr||888 ppm (1.6)||89 ppm|
|Mouse||McOmie & Barnes 1949||—–||5,000||20 min||4,350 ppm (0.87)||435 ppm|
|Rat||McOmie & Barnes 1949||LC100: 700||—–||4 hr||1,400 ppm (2.0)||140 ppm|
|Mouse||McOmie & Barnes 1949||LC100: 700||—–||4 hr||1,400 ppm (2.0)||140 ppm|
|Mouse||McOmie &Barnes 1949||LC100: 340||—–||4 hr||680 ppm (2.0)||68 ppm|
|Rat||Smyth et al. 1962||LC83: 1,000||—–||4 hr||2,000 ppm (2.0)||200 ppm|
|Rat||UCC 1973||LC83: 5,600||—–||1 hr||7,000 ppm (1.25)||700 ppm|
Human data: It has been reported that objectionable ocular and mucosal irritation were experienced after 15 minutes of exposure to 100 ppm [Silverman et al. 1946].
|Revised IDLH: 100 ppmBasis for revised IDLH: The revised IDLH for 1,2,3-trichloropropane is 100 ppm based on acute inhalation toxicity data in humans [Silverman et al. 1946]. This may be a conservative value due to the lack of relevant acute toxicity data for workers exposed to concentrations above 100 ppm. [Note: NIOSH recommends as part of its carcinogen policy that the “most protective” respirators be worn for 1,2,3-trichloropropane at concentrations above 10 ppm.]|
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