Date: Sun, 16 Jan 2011 16:08:31 -0500
Reply-To: DCHAS-L Discussion List <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU>
Sender: DCHAS-L Discussion List <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU>
From: "David C. Finster" <dfinster**At_Symbol_Here**WITTENBERG.EDU>
Subject: Re: Chemical Safety headlines from Google
In-Reply-To: <2950cbbd-4526-40c0-aea7-ec378cf51849**At_Symbol_Here**>


David C. Finster
Professor of Chemistry
University Chemical Hygiene Officer
Department of Chemistry
Wittenberg University

From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU] On Behalf Of Christopher Suznovich
Sent: Sunday, January 16, 2011 6:27 AM
To: DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Chemical Safety headlines from Google

What they are saying is true.  From a test animal stand point, the rat is the closest relative to humans, even closer than mice, so if the product is highly toxic to rats, there is very high probability that the material is toxic to humans.  Based on the data shown, the only reason why the rat dies first and there are no human fatalities reported is due to the drastic difference in body mass.  A rat weighs only about 0.5-1 kg where a human weighs on average 50-65kg.  So if it takes x mg/kg for the rat to die, it would take 25x mg/kg for the human to be poisoned to death. Considering that swine are very closely related to use as well and a 25kg swine could tolerate a 500gm dose of 0.005% poison, it would be safe to that we could tolerate at least 1kg of it.  


Previous post   |  Top of Page   |   Next post

The content of this page reflects the personal opinion(s) of the author(s) only, not the American Chemical Society, ILPI, Safety Emporium, or any other party. Use of any information on this page is at the reader's own risk. Unauthorized reproduction of these materials is prohibited. Send questions/comments about the archive to
The maintenance and hosting of the DCHAS-L archive is provided through the generous support of Safety Emporium.