Lisa L Rosenblum (llr2 at COLUMBIA.EDU) wrote:
: workers are sloppy. If others are working with radioactivity then you
: will ALWAYS want to wear gloves whenever you are in the lab because there
: is no telling where trace amounts of radiation has been tracked (not
: wearing gloves is a good way to get trace amounts on food).
This is what Geiger counters and wipe-tests are for. And if you
don't wash your hands before eating, you are likely to pick up much
worse things than what is in most labs.
: 2) Phenol is a known carcinogen and is labelled as such. Always work
: with phenol in a fume hood to minimize a number of risks (including
: splashes, inhalation). Read labels on all chemicals and reagents to
: determine the level and type of precaution you need to take.
I quote from the Material Safety Data Sheet for Phenol
"Carcinogen status: None"
I, too, recommend reading labels.
Patricia L. Foster
Boston University School of Medicine
Boston, MA USA
pfoster at bu.edu