International Programme on Chemical Safety


IPCS Environmental Health Criteria 202: Selected non-heterocyclic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons

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Table 2.
Summary of results of tests for genotoxicity and carcinogenicity for the 33 polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons studies

+, positive; -, negative; ?, questionable
Parentheses, result derived from small database

reported to induce skin cancer. The lung is now the main site of PAH-
induced cancer, whereas skin tumours have become more rare because of better personel hygiene.

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Flash-points were available only for three compounds with high molecular mass
(for naphthalene, 78.9 ºC by the open-cup method and 87.8 ºC by the closed-cup
method;  anthracene, 121 ºC by the closed-cup method;  and phenanthrene,
171 ºC by the open-cup method).  Explosion limits were available only for
naphthalene (0.9-5.9 vol %) and ananthrene (0.6 vol %) (Lewis, 1992).  Vapour
density (air = 1) was 4.42 for naphthalene (IARC, 1973), 5.32 for acenaphthene,
6.15 for anthracene (Lweis, 1992), 6,15 for phenanthrene, and 8.7 for
benzo[a]pyrene (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and
Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 1981).

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