Chart corrected 1/12/2002, due to e-mail from a victim of H2S poisoning
0.03 ppm Can smell. Safe for 8 hours exposure 4 ppm May cause eye irritation. Mask must be used as it damages metabolism. 10 ppm Maximum exposure 10 minutes. Kills smell in 3 to 15 minutes. Causes GAS EYE and throat injury. Reacts violently with dental mercury amalgam fillings. 20 ppm Exposure for more than 1 minute causes severe injury to eye nerves. 30 ppm Loss of smell, injury to blood brain barrier through olfactory nerves 100 ppm Respiratory paralysis in 30 to 45 minutes. Needs prompt artificial resuscitation. Will become unconscious quickly (15 minutes maximum) 200 ppm Serious eye injury and permanent damage to eye nerves. Stings eye and throat. 300 ppm Loses sense of reasoning and balance. Respiratory paralysis in 30 to 45 minutes 500 ppm Asphyxia! Needs prompt artificial resuscitation. Will become unconscious in 3 to 5 minutes. Immediate artificial resuscitation is required. 700 ppm Breathing will stop and death will result if not rescued promptly, immediate unconsciousness. Permanent brain damage may result unless rescued promptly.
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