Agent Name

Coal tar creosote

CAS Number

8001-58-9

Major Category

Other Classes

Synonyms

Brick oil; Coal tar creosote; Coal tar creosote oils; Coal tar oil; Creosote, from coal tar Creosotum; Cresylic creosote; Heavy oil; Liquid pitch oil; Naphthalene oil; Petroleum creosote; Preserv-O-sote; Sakresote 100; Wash oil; [ChemIDplus]

Category

Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons

Description

Yellow to black liquid with a tarry odor; [CHRIS] Brown to black material with a strong aromatic, slightly sour odor; [CHEMINFO MSDS]

Sources/Uses

Used as a wood preservative and lubricant (die molding); [CHEMINFO MSDS] Coal tar products include coal tar, coal tar pitch, and creosote. [NIOSH]

Comments

Wood creosote (8021-39-4) is derived from the distillation of beechwood tar; it is yellow, transparent, and chemically distinct from coal tar creosote. [ATSDR ToxProfiles] Liquid may cause second degree burns after contact for a few minutes; [CHRIS] Can cause photosensitization of the skin; A skin, eye, and upper respiratory tract irritant; [ICSC] Coal tar pitch volatiles (65996-93-2) and Coal tar (8007-45-2) are covered separately.

Exposure Assessment
Vapor Pressure

4 mm Hg

Explanatory Notes

For occupational exposure limits, see "Coal tar pitch volatiles."

Adverse Effects
Dermatotoxin

Contact Dermatitis, Photoirritant

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