Agent Name

Isopropyl alcohol manufacture using strong acids

Major Category

Other Uses


Exposures, Complex


A Group 1 carcinogen: cancer of the nasal cavity; There is no data from animal experiments, but three cohort studies of workers manufacturing isopropyl alcohol by the strong-acid process provide sufficient evidence of excess cases of nasal sinus cancer. The three cohort studies were from Baton Rouge, Louisiana (2 cases before 1950), 182 workers employed 1928-1950 in the USA (4 cases), and 262 men employed in the United Kingdom (1 case by 1980). [Reference #1]

Reference Link

IARC 2012: Isopropyl Alcohol Manufacture by the Strong-Acid Process

Exposure Assessment
Adverse Effects
IARC Carcinogen

Known Carcinogen

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Toxicity Information


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