Phenol distillation (caveat)

Paul N Hengen pnh at fcsparc6.ncifcrf.gov
Tue Nov 2 19:30:13 EST 1993


In article <1993Nov2.115936.25340 at infodev.cam.ac.uk>
 mjl17 at mbuc.bio.cam.ac.uk (Michael Lush) writes:

>In article <9311012241.AA27012 at sparc03.cc.ncsu.edu>
 alvin at unity.ncsu.edu writes:

>> Be careful!  Also, if you do get hot phenol on you,
>> glycerol is supposed to be useful in washing it off.  If you
>> use water it will simply spread the phenol around (so I have
>> heard).  
>
> In our lab we keep bottles of PEG (Poly Ethylene Glycol)
> handy for this.
>
> Also note that Ethanol can kill if used to wash phenol off!!!

I once spilled phenol on both ungloved hands. I was able to quickly stop the
burning with methanol. Is any one of these chemicals less dangerous or better
for ridding the phenol from the skin? In an unrelated incident, I was cutting
some jalopeno peppers and rubbed my eyes. Bad move! I ended up essentially
macing myself :-{  ...How do you stop THAT from burning?

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