Date: Tue, 14 Sep 2010 19:31:31 -0400
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From: "Samuella B. Sigmann" <sigmannsb**At_Symbol_Here**APPSTATE.EDU>
Subject: Re: Shelf Life of PEG 400 used for Phenol First Aid Treatment
Areas in which people handle phenol should be
equipped with /SRP: isopropyl/ alcohol solution cans and safety
Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology. 3rd ed., Volumes 1-26. New York,
NY: John Wiley and Sons, 1978-1984., p. V17 381 (1982)] **PEER
You can also research polyethylene glycol at the Chemidplus advanced
Larry D. McLouth wrote:
developing first aid procedures for phenol and phenol/chloroform. This
involves decontaminating affected areas with polyethylene glycol (400
MW) instead of water. Flushing with water may spread phenol to other
parts of the body.
Because of its expense, we plan to buy larger quantities of PEG 400 and
repackage it into 1 L nalgene bottles. This, along with other supplies
(gauze pads, gloves, disposable coveralls - for modesty, etc.) will be
put in light tight buckets. The buckets will be stored in labs at room
My question is about the shelf life of the PEG after it has been opened
and repackaged. Chemical suppliers report shelf lives from 1 to 2
years. But I believe this applies to PEG intended for manufacturing
and research applications.
Does anyone have experience with the use of PEG 400 for 1st aid
treatment who can recommend a shelf life? Literature citations (if
they exist) would be much appreciated.
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