Re: Concerned about working with carcinogens
Date sent: Mon, 08 Jul 2002 15:51:46 -0500
Subject: Concerned about working with carcinogens
Is anyone out there concerned about the hazardous materials we are exposed
to daily in Histology?
Such as Xylene, Formalin, and some of the other carcinogens used through out
We keep the exposure levels under the limits but I still can't help but
wonder if we're in harms way.
Dave, yes and hopefully this echoes the view of anyone working
with hazardous materials. Your concerns are a good thing as this
will heighten your perception of this problem and adopt the required
safety procedures. What does worry me is the continued use of
known hazardous/harmful and even carcinogenic/mutagenic
compounds, regarded by some as an "occupational hazard" and
necessary for their work. So we implement safety procedures for
the work place, but what about the effect of removing these toxins
into the environment?
Keep on being concerned!
Head of Histopathology and Electron Microscopy
Medical Research Council,
Oxfordshire, OX11 ORD
Fax 01235 834776
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