Sensory and pulmonary irritation with exposure to methyl isocyanate.


Methyl isocyanate (MIC) was tested for its potency as a sensory irritant and as a pulmonary irritant in mice. To evaluate sensory irritation, animals were exposed to MIC at concentrations between 0.5 and 7.6 ppm for a period of 90 min. A characteristic reflex decrease in respiratory rate indicating sensory irritation was observed. The concentration evoking… (More)