From: ACTSNYC**At_Symbol_Here**CS.COM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Need a consulting organic chemist on safety issue
Date: December 5, 2012 9:56:22 AM EST
Reply-To: DCHAS-L <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU>
Message-ID: <5a839.1f26c240.3df0ba96**At_Symbol_Here**>

1.  Good point on the $$ and time.  That may be a deterent.

2,  Dye is not cheap in this case.  You can't put anything next to a employees skin, especially a famous one, unless is it an FDA batch-approved dye for cosmetics. 


In a message dated 12/5/2012 5:52:01 AM Eastern Standard Time, SRGOODE**At_Symbol_Here**MAILBOX.SC.EDU writes:

I believe that I am a reasonably good and experienced analytical chemist and can state that the costs associated with a chemical analysis of this nature will be in the neighborhood of $50,000 and take months.  Most of that will be for the development of the analysis , but it is not impossible that each performance might have to have an analysis because conditions change, and the analysis is unlikely to be instantaneous.  Our science has not progressed to the point where we can point an instrument and make instantaneous analyses. 

If there is liability, like the possibility that someone gets ill because the analysis missed a compound or a microbe  then the costs will rise even further.


Is a pool of colored water that people walked in for several minutes much different than bath water that can be sent down the drain?  If our community of waste disposal experts know the answer, then perhaps the theater's prop department can just make up a fresh batch for each performance.  Dye is cheap. 

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