"Chloroform in use as a cleaning agent
during a build up for an exhibition stand. No control measures in
place and happily being splashed onto rags
No wonder the guy
who was using it had a stupid grin on his face ! "
A fatal oral dose of chloroform may be as small as 10
ml (14.8 g), with death due to respiratory or cardiac arrest.
As might be expected for an anesthetic, chloroform vapors
depress the central nervous system. It is immediately dangerous
to life and health at approximately 500 ppm, according to the
U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
Breathing about 900 ppm for a short time can cause dizziness,
fatigue, and headache.
Chronic chloroform exposure can
damage the liver (where chloroform is metabolized to phosgene)
and the kidneys, and some people develop sores when the skin is
immersed in chloroform.