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Key Points


  • Flammable
  • Mixtures of kerosene vapour and air are explosive
  • In the event of a fire involving kerosene, use normal foam and normal fire kit with breathing apparatus


  • Serious lung injury may occur if droplets of kerosene are inhaled e.g. if vomiting occurs after ingestion
  • Acute and chronic exposure to kerosene may cause irritability, restlessness, drowsiness, convulsions, coma and death
  • Irritating to eyes and skin
  • The most common health effect associated with prolonged kerosene exposure is dermatitis
  • Kerosene does not affect human reproduction or development
  • Kerosene is not considered to be carcinogenic to humans


  • Avoid release into the environment
  • Inform Environment Agency of substantial incidents


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Prepared by R P Chilcott
Version 2

This document will be reviewed not later than 3 years, or sooner if substantive evidence becomes available.


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