toby at stein3.u.washington.edu
Tue Nov 2 14:46:53 EST 1993
In article <1993Nov2.172808.1 at molbiol.ox.ac.uk>,
<awalley at molbiol.ox.ac.uk> wrote:
> Nobody seems to be mentioning the fact that phenol is a toxic chemical.
Perhaps because this is well-known and on the Material Safety Data Sheet
that comes with every container of it here in the U.S.
>is corrosive and slightly anaesthetic which is a very dangerous combination.
Of course, this is true whether one buys phenol or distills it him/herself.
>One of the safety handbooks I read has a story of a guy who suffered severe
>damage to his foot because he was unaware that he had spilt phenol onto his
>shoe and it had run inside. It has also been regularly mentioned around here
>that because phenol is toxic, burns covering greater than approx. 15% of skin
>surface are often fatal. These may all be mol.biol. mythical 'facts' but until
>somenone disproves them to my satisfaction I for one will never re-distill my
Do you have someone dispense petrol into your vehicle, as well :)
Distilling phenol is a simple process requiring only a little prudence
to be done safely. At US$11 a kilo, distillation of crude crystalline
phenol is a good way for scientists to economize. If phenol distillation
is the biggest threat to one's personal safety, one is fortunate indeed.
Toby Bradshaw |
Department of Biochemistry | Will make genetic linkage maps
and College of Forest Resources | for food.
University of Washington, Seattle |
toby at u.washington.edu |
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