Coal tar pitch volatiles
Synonyms & Trade NamesAcridine, Anthracene, Benzo(a)pyrene, Chrysene, Coal tar, Phenanthrene, pyrene [Note: NIOSH considers coal tar, coal tar pitch, and creosote to be coal tar products.]
IDLHCa [80 mg/m3]
NIOSH RELCa TWA 0.1 mg/m3 (cyclohexane-extractable fraction) See Appendix A See Appendix C
OSHA PELTWA 0.2 mg/m3 (benzene-soluble fraction) [1910.1002] See Appendix C
Physical DescriptionBlack or dark-brown amorphous residue.
Molecular WeightProperties vary depending upon the specific compound.
Incompatibilities & ReactivitiesStrong oxidizers
Exposure Routesinhalation, skin and/or eye contact
Symptomsdermatitis, bronchitis, [potential occupational carcinogen]
Target Organsrespiratory system, skin, bladder, kidneys
Cancer Site[lung, kidney & skin cancer]
Personal Protection/Sanitation(See protection codes)
Skin:Prevent skin contact
Eyes:Prevent eye contact
First Aid(See procedures)
Skin:Soap wash immediately
Swallow:Medical attention immediately
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.
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Any appropriate escape-type, self-contained breathing apparatus
- Page last reviewed:April 11, 2016
- Page last updated:April 11, 2016
- Content source:
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Education and Information Division