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Exposure in Labs (help)

DELFINO R horvath at ucsvax.sdsu.edu
Mon Jun 20 14:46:00 EST 1994

In article <17JUN94.25450732.0009 at MUSIC.CC.UGA.EDU>, SVHL000 <SVHL at MUSIC.CC.UGA.EDU>     writes...
>Hello:) My name is Annalee and I am just beginning my first undergrad
>research project in cell biology. I am concerned about exposure to
>radiation and toxic chemicals in the lab...today my mentor dropped a
>vial of phenol (which splashed on my forehead...go figure?). I washed
>it off thoroughly; however, I was not aware of how toxic/caustic etc.
>phenol was. Does anyone know if I need to do anything else to make

Snip...sorry but it's necessary to post from here...

I don't have a response about the particular exposures you
mentioned, but all universities will have a hazardous materials
office or something (research safety, etc) which will have on
file MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets) for the chemicals
and materials which are stored on campus.  All businesses should
have these also.  The MSDSs should tell you the possible health
effects and what to do about exposures.  Unfortunately, this
information isn't always EASY to get ahold of, and not everyone
takes it seriously (as you've found out).  

Good luck and don't be put off by your advisor's attitude...

horvath at ucsvax.sdsu.edu
Carol Horvath

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