From: Monona Rossol <actsnyc**At_Symbol_Here**>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Heirloom Chemistry Set Kickstarter Project
Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2013 14:27:38 -0500
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I'm considering putting a product alert in my next newsletter.  The "MSDSs" don't even identify themselves as either MSDSs or SDS, but they have 16 sections.  The information is very garbled and inconsistent in many.   The picture on the website shows carbon tet, sulfuric acid, sodium hydroxide, and we know what goes into the volcano.  It is clear there will be no ventilation or expert instruction in most homes.  Dang.  I just think this is a rotten idea.   I had a great wooden box chemistry set as a kid, and looking back at some of the things I did with those chemicals----hmmmm.   Not a good idea.
Monona Rossol, M.S., M.F.A., Industrial Hygienist
President:  Arts, Crafts & Theater Safety, Inc.
Safety Officer: Local USA829, IATSE
181 Thompson St., #23
New York, NY 10012     212-777-0062

-----Original Message-----
From: Steve McLean <steve_mclean**At_Symbol_Here**BYU.EDU>
Sent: Fri, Nov 15, 2013 1:12 pm
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Heirloom Chemistry Set Kickstarter Project

I also noticed that in the promotional video, the youth who performs the 
"volcano" demonstration is not wearing gloves (as he sticks his finger into the 

-----Original Message-----
From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On Behalf Of 
Peter Zavon
Sent: Friday, November 15, 2013 8:37 AM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Heirloom Chemistry Set Kickstarter Project

This sounds kind of interesting but I begin to question the validity of the 
entire enterprise (especially their stated concern for safety) when I see that 
benzene is one of the compounds provided with their kit AND that the MSDS they 
offer for benzene not only lacks any mention that it is a known human 
carcinogen, but includes the line "Chronic Exposure: No information found." (It 
does state "Known Carcinogen" under Section 16: other

It also states in Section 8 that no airborne exposure limits have been 
established while burying the OSHA and ACGIH limits in Section 15 Regulatory 

I've not checked any of their other MSDS, but benzene is so widely known in this 
regard that I have to wonder what these people think they are doing.

Peter Zavon, CIH
Penfield, NY


-----Original Message-----
From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On Behalf Of 
Ralph B. Stuart
Sent: Friday, November 15, 2013 8:11 AM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Heirloom Chemistry Set Kickstarter Project

Here's something that I think will interest many on the DCHAS-L list... it 
addresses chemical safety issues in interesting ways.

- Ralph

Heirloom Chemistry Set Kickstarter Project

This is the chemistry set you always wanted as a kid but either didn't get it or 
you got stuck with some cheap plastic wannabe...

Ralph Stuart, CIH
Chemical Hygiene Officer
Cornell University

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