Date: Fri, 30 Jul 2004 16:48:21 EDT
Reply-To: "Michael D. Cimis" <Michael.D.Cimis**At_Symbol_Here**DARTMOUTH.EDU>
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From: "Michael D. Cimis" <Michael.D.Cimis**At_Symbol_Here**DARTMOUTH.EDU>
Subject: Re: Latex Glove degeneration
Comments: To: List Moderator

--- List Moderator wrote:
I am surprised that we have not yet heard from any of our esteemed
colleagues from Dartmouth. They have been quite open and willing to get
the word out about this tragedy and the lessons learned.
--- end of quote ---


That got my attention...  just been busy with pesky lab inspections....

Go to our web site for a list of references and articles and let me know if you cant find the one you need:

We of course use this in our training and even stock silver shield gloves (the only glove shown to stop Dimethylmercury) even though they destroy tactility (when worn under heavy duty neoprene or nitrile some dexterity returns)...  I think there are a number of lessons to learn from this, but I like to mention these:

1- the wrong glove is just a false sense of security, perhaps more dangerous than no glove at all
2- MSDS sheets and maufacturers are often little help in PPE selection (the DMHG MSDS said "wear rubber gloves"... dont they all)
3- Pay attention to acute toxicity and LD50's.... a very select group of materials require much more respect in handling


Michael D. Cimis - Chemical Hygiene Officer
Dartmouth College - EHS
37 Dewey Field Road, Suite 6216
Hanover, NH 03755
603.646.0235 (direct line)
603.646.0900 (fax)
603.646.1762 (EHS office)

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