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Creosote - Identification, toxicity, use, water pollution potential, ecological toxicity and regulatory information

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Identifying information, including synonyms, ID numbers, use type, chemical classification, a link to a list of all products containing this chemical and a list of the top crops this pesticide is used on in California.
Signs and symptoms of poisoning, first aid, and links to treatment information for this chemical.
Link to information on toxicity to humans, including carcinogenicity, reproductive and developmental toxicity, neurotoxicity, and acute toxicity.
Links to world-wide registration status as well as regulatory information for the U.S. and California.
Water quality standards and physical properties affecting water contamination potential.
Toxicity to aquatic organisms.
List of chemicals in the same family, including breakdown products, salts, esters, isomers, and other derivatives.
 

Chemical Identification and Use for Creosote

Basic Identification Information About This Chemical
Chemical Name: Creosote
CAS Number: 8001-58-9
U.S. EPA PC Code: 025004
CA DPR Chem Code: 171
Molecular Weight: 0
Use Type: Wood Preservative
Chem Class: Petroleum derivative
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Additional Resources About This Chemical Class and Use Type

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Historical Use of this Chemical
Top five crops and sites for this pesticide in California
Outdoor Flower Nursery  
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Other Names for this Chemical
About Chemical Synonyms
00171 (CA DPR Chem Code Text) , 00171 (CA DPR Chem Code) , 025004 (US EPA PC Code Text) , 171 (CA DPR Chem Code) , 171 (CA DPR Chem Code) , 25004 (US EPA PC Code) , 8001-58-9 (CAS number) , 8001589 , 8001589 (CAS number without hyphens) , Coal tar creosote , Creosote , Creosote , Creosote (Coal)(under Tars and Mineral Oils) , Creosote oil , Creosotes , îleo Creosoto , îleo CreosotoĘ , îleoCreosoto , îleoCreosotoĘ
 
Products Containing This Chemical
Current and historic U.S. registered products
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Signs and Symptoms of Creosote Poisoning

NOTE! There may be other diseases and chemicals that have similar symptoms.

If you have a poisoning emergency in the United States call 1-800-222-1222.
If the victim has collapsed or is unconscious, call 911.

Symptoms of Creosote Exposure from the International Chemical Safety Cards (ICSC)

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NOTE! AVOID ALL CONTACT!

Route of Exposure

Symptoms

First Aid

Inhalation Cough. Shortness of breath. Fresh air rest. Refer for medical attention.
Skin MAY BE ABSORBED! Redness. Burning sensation. Remove contaminated clothes. Rinse and then wash skin with water and soap.
Eyes Redness. Pain. First rinse with plenty of water for several minutes (remove contact lenses if easily possible) then take to a doctor.
Ingestion Confusion. Headache. Nausea. Shock or collapse. Vomiting. Weakness. Give a slurry of activated charcoal in water to drink. Do NOT induce vomiting. Refer for medical attention.
Notes for ICSC Information
Depending on the degree of exposure periodic medical examination is suggested. Do NOT take working clothes home.
Symptoms of Creosote Exposure from Other Sources

- Skin and eye irritation.
- Moderate irritation of nose and throat. Contact with skin or mucous membranes may induce an intense burning and itching with local erythema, grayish yellow to bronze pigmentation, papular & vesicular eruptions, and gangrene
- Symptoms of systemic illness included salivation, vomiting, respiratory difficulties, thready pulse, vertigo, headache, loss of pupillary reflexes, hypothermia, cyanosis, and mild convulsions.
- Eye injuries can include keratitis, conjunctivitis, and abrasion of the cornea. Photosensitization has been reported.

Source for Symptoms: Hazardous Substances Data Bank, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD. February 2003. (HSDB)

First Aid for Creosote Poisoning

For Inhalation
- Move victim to fresh air. Apply artificial respiration if victim is not breathing. Administer oxygen if breathing is difficult.
For Skin
- Wash exposed areas twice or for at least 10 minutes with large quantities of SOAPY water. Water alone may be harmful. A physician may need to examine the exposed area if irritation or pain persist after the area is washed.
For Eyes
- Irrigate exposed eyes with copious amounts of room temperature water for at least 15 minutes.
For Ingestion
-No information provided.

Source for First Aid: Hazardous Substances Data Bank, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD. February 2003. (HSDB)

 
 

Toxicity Information for Creosote

  Note: Information for many chemicals is incomplete and may not be fully representative of effects on humans. Why?

Summary Toxicity Information

PAN Bad Actor
Chemical
1
Acute
Toxicity
2
Carcinogen Cholinesterase
Inhibitor
Ground
Water Contaminant
Developmental or
Reproductive Toxin
Endocrine
Disruptor
Moderate
No
 
Indicates high toxicity in the given toxicological category. Indicates no available weight-of-the-evidence summary assessment. For additional information on toxicity from scientific journals or registration documents, see the "Additional Resources for Toxicity " section of the chemical detail page.
1. PAN Bad Actors are chemicals that are one or more of the following: highly acutely toxic, cholinesterase inhibitor, known/probable carcinogen, known groundwater pollutant or known reproductive or developmental toxicant. NOTE! Because there are no authoritative lists of Endocrine Disrupting (ED) chemicals, EDs are not yet considered PAN Bad Actor chemicals.
2. The acute toxicity reported on this page is of the pure chemical ingredient only and may not reflect the acute toxicity of individual pesticide products. To view acute toxicity of individual products, click on 'View Products' link in the 'Chemical Identification' section above.

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Detailed Toxicity Information

Acute Toxicity 2
Creosote
WHO Acute Hazard
TRI Acute Hazard
Material Safety Data Sheets
Acute rating from U.S. EPA product label
U.S. NTP Acute Toxicity Studies
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Cholinesterase Inhibitor
Not Listed
Not Listed
Not Available

Slightly to Moderately Toxic

No
2. The acute toxicity reported on this page is of the pure chemical ingredient only and may not reflect the acute toxicity of individual pesticide products. To view acute toxicity of individual products, click on 'View Products' link in the 'Chemical Identification' section above.
 
Cancer Information
Creosote
IARC Carcinogens
U.S. NTP Carcinogens
California Prop 65 Known Carcinogens
U.S. EPA Carcinogens
TRI Carcinogen
2A, Probable
Known
Yes
B1, Probable
Yes
 
Endocrine Disruption
Creosote
Illinois EPA list
Keith list
Colborn list
Benbrook list
Danish Inert list
EU list
Not Listed
Not Listed
Not Listed
Not Listed
Not Listed
Not Listed
 
Reproductive and Developmental Toxicity
Creosote
CA Prop 65 Developmental Toxin
U.S. TRI Developmental Toxin
CA Prop 65 Female Reproductive Toxin
CA Prop 65 Male Reproductive Toxin
U.S. TRI Reproductive Toxin
Not Listed
Not Listed
Not Listed
Not Listed
Not Listed
 
Chemicals of Special Concern
Creosote
PAN Bad Actors
PAN Dirty Dozen list
Yes
Not Listed
 

Water Pollution Potential and Criteria for Creosote

Water Pollution Potential

PAN Ground Water Contaminant Rating Insufficient Data
 

Sorry, no water quality standards or criteria have been established for this chemical by the U.S. or Canadian governments; however, there may be criteria established for related chemicals.

 

Regulatory Information for Creosote

International Regulatory Status

Registration in Selected Countries Registration in Selected Countries:
Creosote

 
UNEP Persistent Organic Pollutant (POP)
UNEP Prior Informed Consent Chemical (PIC)
WHO Obsolete Pesticide
Not Listed
Not Listed
Not Listed
 

U.S. and California Regulatory Status

U.S. EPA Registered
U.S. EPA Hazardous Air Pollutant
U.S. EPA Minimum Risk Pesticide (25b list)

CA Registered
CA Groundwater Contaminant
CA Toxic Air Contaminant
Yes
Not Listed
No

No
Not Listed
Not Listed
 

Maximum Tolerance and Residue Levels

Codex Alimentarius
   (UN FAO Maximum Residue Limits)
U.S. Maximum Tolerance Levels
European Union Maximum Residue Levels
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Ecotoxicity for Creosote

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Aquatic Ecotoxicity

All Toxic Effects for Organism Group
Organism Group Effects Noted
Annelida Population
Echinoderms Population
Fish Behavior, Enzyme(s), Mortality, No Effect Coded, Population
MarineBenthicCommunity Cell(s), Genetics, Immunological
Molluscs Population
Phytoplankton Population
Zooplankton Behavior, Intoxication, Mortality, Physiology, Population
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Summary of Acute Toxicity for Organism Group
Organism Group Average Acute Toxicity Acute Toxicity Range
Fish Highly Toxic Highly Toxic
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Terrestrial Ecotoxicity

Summary of Acute Toxicity for Organism Group

Sorry, no honeybee acute toxicity data available for this chemical. Try related chemicals.

Note: Population-level effects on honeybees may occur even if a pesticide has low acute toxicity. For example, certain pesticides interfere with honeybee reproduction, ability to navigate, or temperature regulation, any of which can have an effect on long-term survival of honeybee colonies. The neonicotinoids, pyrethroids and keto-enol pesticides are some types of pesticides causing one or more of these effects.
Honeybee Chronic Toxicity

Sorry, no honeybee chronic toxicity data available for this chemical. Try related chemicals.

Related Chemicals for Creosote

CAS Number Relation Reason Chemical Name Chem Detail Registration Symptoms California Use Chem Use Type U.S. EPA Reg PAN Bad Actor
8001-58-9 Parent P Creosote View View View View Wood Preservative Yes Yes
61789-28-4 Related 15 Creosote oil (note: derived from any source) View View View View Wood Preservative, Fungicide Yes Yes
8021-39-4 Related 15 Creosote, wood View View View View Wood Preservative No Yes
Related 15 Uncorrected Creosote Oil (coal), 251-300 deg.C View View View View Wood Preservative No Yes
 
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