Thallium (I), soluble salts

CASRN Various

This assessment supports multiple thallium compounds - see related topics for a full list of these chemicals.

IRIS Toxicological Review of Thallium And Compounds (Final Report)


EPA is announcing the release of the final report, Toxicological Review of Thallium and Compounds: in support of the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS). The updated Summary for Thallium and compounds and accompanying Quickview have also been added to the IRIS Database.


EPA has finalized the Toxicological Review of Thallium and Compounds: in support of the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS). Now final, this assessment may be used by EPA’s program and regional offices to inform decisions to protect human health.


U.S. EPA. IRIS Toxicological Review of Thallium And Compounds (Final Report). U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, EPA/635/R-08/001F, 2009.

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Thallium exists in monovalent (Tl+1) and trivalent (Tl+3) states. Thallium is released to the environment through the combustion of fossil fuels, refinement of oil fractions, the smelting of ferrous and non-ferrous ores, and by some other industrial processes such as cement production and brick works. In the past, thallium was used as a depilatory agent and as a treatment for ringworm, venereal diseases, TB, and malaria. It was banned for use as a pesticide in the United States in 1972. Currently, thallium compounds are used in the semiconductor industry, the manufacture of optic lenses and low-melting glass, low-temperature thermometers, alloys, electronic devices, mercury lamps, fireworks, and imitation gems, and clinically as an imaging agent in the diagnosis of certain tumors.

EPA is undertaking an Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) health assessment for thallium and compounds. IRIS is an EPA database containing Agency scientific positions on potential adverse human health effects that may result from chronic (or lifetime) exposure to chemicals in the environment. IRIS contains chemical-specific summaries of qualitative and quantitative health information in support of two steps of the risk assessment paradigm, i.e., hazard identification and dose-response evaluation. IRIS assessments are used in combination with specific situational exposure assessment information to evaluate potential public health risks associated with environmental contaminants.


Date Description
01-Feb 2008EPA released the draft report for external peer review.
02-Feb 2009EPA released the final tox report and summary document and posted these to the IRIS database.

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