Toxicological Profile for Creosote

CAS#: Wood Creosote 8021-39-4; Coal Tar Creosote 8001-58-9; Coal Tar 8007-45-2

Draft for Public Comment
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Public Comment Period Closed on November 28, 2023

Toxicological Profile Information

The ATSDR toxicological profile succinctly characterizes the toxicology and adverse health effects information for the toxic substance described therein. Each peer-reviewed profile identifies and reviews the key literature that describes a substance's toxicological properties.

A useful two page information sheet, the ToxFAQs™, is also available.

Toxicological Profile Access

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Complete Profilepdf icon[PDF - 3.96 MB]

Prefacepdf icon[PDF - 556 KB]

1. Relevance to Public Healthpdf icon[PDF - 317 KB]

2. Health Effectspdf icon[PDF - 1.9 MB]

3. Toxicokinetics, Susceptible Populations, Biomarkers, Chemical Interactionspdf icon[PDF - 505 KB]

4. Chemical and Physical Informationpdf icon[PDF - 411 KB]

5. Potential for Human Exposurepdf icon[PDF - 628 KB]

6. Adequacy of the Databasepdf icon[PDF - 554 KB]

7. Regulations and Guidelinespdf icon[PDF - 222 KB]

8. Referencespdf icon[PDF - 385 KB]

Appendicespdf icon[PDF - 972 KB]


Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). 2023. Toxicological Profile for Creosote (Draft for Public Comment). Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service.


All ATSDR toxicological profile PDF files are electronic conversions from other electronic text files. This conversion may have resulted in character translation or format errors.

Regulations or guidelines may change. Please check with the appropriate agency for any changes to the regulations or guidelines cited.

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Page last reviewed: August 30, 2023