Actually, Kay, you need to watch the video again. At 1:28 in the video, they specifically say you should wear safety goggles when you work with Phenol. While you are right that much of the focus seems to be on safety glasses, the “disclaimer” in the beginning specifically indicates those are only for use with small quantities of lower hazard reagents where there is no splash hazard.
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I’m sorry but I must disagree with all the praise for this video. Yes, there are parts that are very good, but at the beginning the post-doc mentions phenol solution as one with which it is ok to just wear safety glasses. No mention of the concentration of solution. I know that phenol is an active ingredient in some throat sprays, but there the concentration is very low. In lab the concentration can certainly be high enough to cause damage to the eye. I was also disturbed by the fact that most of the glasses were open across the forehead. There was no shielding. In those cases where safety glasses are deemed sufficient I require said glasses to have a barrier on top.
P. S. I did like the dissolving head. That was cool.
Awesomely done! Another winner from Haim and you and the talented gang at UCSD!
Thanks so much for sharing.
Debbie M. Decker, CCHO
Department of Chemistry
University of California, Davis
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Davis, CA 95616
Birkett's hypothesis: "Any chemical reaction
that proceeds smoothly under normal conditions,
can proceed violently in the presence of an idiot."
I hope you are having a great week.
Here is an excellent PPE video that was produced by Professor Haim Weizman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXmG8mjUviI
Be safe out there,
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