From: Russell Vernon <russell.vernon**At_Symbol_Here**UCR.EDU>
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Flame Resistance & Lab Coats
Date: January 27, 2013 1:01:14 PM EST
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So the discussion in the UC Lab Safety world now includes flame retardant lab coats and human/environmental potential consequences.

I would greatly appreciate being pointed toward information that would help us more intelligently discuss these concerns:

How good are FR coats in a real flammable liquid fire? How does that compare to non-FR lab coats?
Are the treated cloth lab coats inferior to the "Nomex" type?
Do the modern treated FR coats demonstrate any human toxicity or environmental adverse effects?

Literature that may help us in answering these kinds of questions is what I am asking you to help me find.


Russell Vernon, Ph.D.


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Sent: Friday, January 25, 2013 10:50 AM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Chemical Safety headlines from Google (12 articles)

From: Melissa Charlton-Smith
Subject: RE: [DCHAS-L] Chemical Safety headlines from Google (12 articles)
Date: January 25, 2013 1:33:49 PM EST

Nitric acid is aqueous, so how can it be flammable (in the Tripoli story)

Possibly someone who KNOWS told the reporter that it's an oxidizer and at
certain concentrations can cause combustion in contact with combustible
materials....and the reporter took the short root to "it's flammable".

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