Re: Concerned about working with carcinogens
The real cause for concern is that without a lot of
research nobody can compare a trade-name such as
Clear-Rite (which might contain any number of hazardous
components) with a real-world solvent such as xylene
or toluene (with toxicity & safety data easily available
in the public domain). It might be dangerous to use a
liquid when you don't know what it is.
John A. Kiernan
Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology
The University of Western Ontario
London, Canada N6A 5C1
Bruce Gapinski wrote:
> The problem I have with Clear-Rite is that one has no idea when the vapor
> level is too high. Xylene may be health haz 2 and Clear-Rite is 1 but I feel
> we're lured into a false sense of safety with Clear-Rite. What does too much
> Clear -Rite smell like? NOTHING!
> Bruce (I am not a rep, old school duffer) Gapinski
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Margaret Horne [mailto:mhorne@Upei.CA]
> Sent: Wednesday, July 17, 2002 8:40 AM
> To: David.Petsch@med.va.gov
> Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Re: Concerned about working with carcinogens
> Instead of working with Xylene , we substitute Clear-Rite.
> I'm told
> that Xylene clears more quickly so I am careful not to rush
> times,but we get good results.
> The Clear-Rite is a mixture of alphatic
> hydrocarbons. It
> has a health hazard index of 1 ( slightly hazarous). I still
> gloves and use it in the fume hood. Xylene has a health
> index of 2 ( moderate hazard).
> The supplier , if your interested , is :
> Somagen Diagnostics Inc.
> Edmonton , Alberta
> Fax: 1-780-438-6595
> The manufacturer is Richard-allan Scienific
> Kalamazoo , MI
> Hope this is helpful , Margaret
> Margaret Horne
> Dept. of A&P,
> Atlantic Veterinary College, U.P.E.I.
> 550 University Ave., Charlottetown,
> P.E.I., C1A 4P3
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