NIOSH REL: 0.5 mg/m3 TWA [skin]
Current OSHA PEL: 0.5 mg/m3 TWA [skin]
1989 OSHA PEL: Same as current PEL
19931994 ACGIH TLV: 0.5 mg/m3 TWA [skin]
Description of substance: White to yellow, crystalline powder with a slight, musty odor.
LEL:. Noncombustible Solid
Original (SCP) IDLH: 1,000 mg/m3
Basis for original (SCP) IDLH: No useful data on acute inhalation toxicity are available on which to base the IDLH for lindane. The chosen IDLH, therefore, has been based on the child oral TDLO of 180 mg/kg [CDC 1956 cited by NIOSH 1976] and the statement by Negherbon  that the dangerous acute dose for man has been reported as 7 to 15 grams [CDC 1956].
Shortterm exposure guidelines: None developed
ACUTE TOXICITY DATA:
Lethal dose data:
|Rabbit||Desi et al. 1978|
|Rat||Kenaga & Morgan 1978|
|Hamster||Truhaut et al. 1974|
|G. pig||Woodard & Hagan 1947|
Human data: An oral dose of 150 mg/kg has been associated
with grandmal seizures [Starr and Clifford 1972]. [Note: An oral
dose of 150 mg/kg is equivalent to a 70kg worker being
exposed to 7,000 mg/m3 for 30 minutes, assuming
a breathing rate of 50 liters per minute and 100% absorption.]
It has also been stated that 7 to 15 grams is the dangerous
acute dose [CDC 1956]. [Note: An oral dose of 7 to 15 grams
is equivalent to a worker being exposed to 4,667 to 10,000 mg/m3
for 30 minutes, assuming a breathing rate of 50 liters per
minute and 100% absorption.]
|Revised IDLH: 50 mg/m3
Basis for revised IDLH: No inhalation toxicity data are available on which to base an IDLH for lindane. Therefore, the revised IDLH for lindane is 50 mg/m3 based on acute oral toxicity data in humans [Starr and Clifford 1972] and animals [Desi et al. 1978; Kenaga and Morgan 1978; Sun 1972; Woodard and Hagan 1947]. This may be a conservative value due to the lack of relevant acute inhalation toxicity data for workers.
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