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Exposure in Labs (help)

Patricia Foster pfoster at bu.edu
Mon Jun 20 13:33:03 EST 1994

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

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