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Exposure in Labs (help)

Patricia L. Foster pfoster at BU.EDU
Tue Jun 21 11:06:14 EST 1994


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  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.
  Pat
  
  --
  Patricia L. Foster
  Boston University School of Medicine
  Boston, MA USA
  pfoster at bu.edu
  

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