Date: Tue, 1 Feb 2011 15:14:34 -0500
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From: "Dr. Jay A. Young" <chemsafety**At_Symbol_Here**VERIZON.NET>
Subject: Re: Home Safety Presentation
There are a few published books that
would serve as
a source of the kind of household chemical hazard information you
identify. None of those of which I am aware are without
Among those however there is one that
has the fewest errors: "Guide to Hazardous Products Around the
published by the Missouri Household Hazardous Waste Project in
phone: 417-889-5000 and Fax 417-889-5012.
Alternatively, in your presentation,
students how to read the label. I know of only a few exceptions to
a good thing to rely on:
1. Rust stain remover: Most of
HF and the labels do NOT properly describe the hazards and precautions
2. Some oven cleaner's: Some are simply
hydroxide in an aerosol can and the labels do not adequately describe
precautions, hazards, and what to do if you get NaOH on your skin.
problem also is that NaOH on the skin is painless so it can sit
eat away clear in, to the bone, and you won't be aware of anything
happening--and the label is silent about this hazard.)
3. Borax. I'll not go into the
the label on all of the borax containers that I have seen in more than
of experience are silent about any of the real hazards. For some
and almost all children under the age of 6 years or so,inhalation of
or spray from a solution produces severe respiratory harm.
4. Drain cleaners. Some labels
inadequate. The only reliable labels that I know of are those on
products sold under the "Drano" label.
Hope this helps a little
Jay A. Young
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, February 01,
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Home Safety
I would like to know if anyone in our group has
and give a presentation on Chemical Safety at Home? If you have
for information on this topic, I would appreciate it if you would
information with me.
Watson, Ph. D.
Professor of Chemistry
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Box 8438 UMHB Station
Belton, Texas 76513
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