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!

Terry Hacker,
Head of Histopathology and Electron Microscopy
Medical Research Council,
Oxfordshire, OX11 ORD
01235 824521
Fax 01235 834776

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