NIOSH Publication No. 2005-151:

NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards

September 2005

Paraffin wax fume

CAS
8002-74-2

CnH2n+2

RTECS
RV0350000
Synonyms & Trade Names

Paraffin fume, Paraffin scale fume
DOT ID & Guide

Exposure
Limits

NIOSH REL: TWA 2 mg/m3
OSHA PEL: none
IDLH
N.D. See: IDLH INDEX
Conversion
Physical Description
Paraffin wax is a white to slightly yellowish, odorless solid. [Note: Consists of a mixture of high molecular weight hydrocarbons (e.g., C36H74).]
MW: 350-420
BP: ?
MLT: 115-154°F
Sol: Insoluble
VP: ?
IP: ?

Sp.Gr: 0.88-0.92
Fl.P: 390°F
UEL: ?
LEL: ?

Combustible Solid
Incompatibilities & Reactivities

None reported
Measurement Methods
OSHA PV2047
See: NMAM or OSHA Methods
Personal Protection & Sanitation
(See protection)
Skin: No recommendation
Eyes: Prevent eye contact
Wash skin: No recommendation
Remove: No recommendation
Change: No recommendation

First Aid
(See procedures)
Eye: Irrigate immediately

Breathing: Respiratory support

Respirator Recommendations
Not available.
Important additional information about respirator selection
Exposure Routes
inhalation, skin and/or eye contact
Symptoms
Irritation eyes, skin, respiratory system; discomfort, nausea
Target Organs
Eyes, skin, respiratory system
See also: INTRODUCTION