Carbon Disulfide

Overview

CAS No. 75-15-0

Carbon disulfide (CS2) is a colorless liquid with an ether-like odor. Exposure can cause dizziness, poor sleep, headache, anxiety, anorexia, weight loss, and vision changes. It can harm the eyes, kidneys, blood, heart, liver, nerves, and skin. Workers may be harmed by carbon disulfide. The level of exposure depends upon the dose, duration, and work being done.

Carbon disulfide is used in many industries. It’s used to make rubber, viscose rayon, cellophane, and carbon tetrachloride. Some examples of workers at risk of being exposed to carbon disulfide include the following:

  • Factory workers who work where rubber is made or processed
  • Workers involved in cellophane production
  • Employees who work in factories where rayon fabric is made
  • Employees involved in the production of carbon tetrachloride

NIOSH recommends that employers use Hierarchy of Controls to prevent injuries. If you work in an industry that uses carbon disulfide, please read chemical labels and the accompanying Safety Data Sheets for hazard information. Visit NIOSH’s page on Managing Chemical Safety in the Workplace to learn more about controlling chemical workplace exposures.

The following resources provide information about occupational exposure to carbon disulfide. A useful search term for carbon disulfide includes “carbon bisulfide,” “carbon sulfide,” and “carbon disulphide.”

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Page last reviewed: June 24, 2019