Date: Fri, 10 Jul 2009 08:18:21 -0500
Reply-To: "Harry J. Elston" <helston**At_Symbol_Here**FGI.NET>
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From: "Harry J. Elston" <helston**At_Symbol_Here**FGI.NET>
Subject: Re: Benzene spill in Academic laboratory
Comments: To: "George D. McCallion"
Two things:

First - this is a quick news story and details may or may not be true, and  if not - don't expect it to be corrected in the press.

Second - Benzene is not the chemical equivalent of "Satan" nor is it highly acutely toxic.  It is a carcinogen, and as such needs to be properly handled and contained. There are applications where benzene is the solvent of choice both in the academic research laboratory and in industry.  It can be used safely:  Likewise, it can be spilled and otherwise mishandled as well.


-----Original Message-----
>From: "George D. McCallion" 
>Sent: Jul 10, 2009 7:25 AM
>To: DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU
>Subject: [DCHAS-L] Benzene spill in Academic laboratory
>Why benzene is still used I have no idea...
>George D. McCallion
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Harry J. Elston, Ph.D., CIH
Midwest Chemical Safety, LLC

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