When I was in graduate school studying toxicology literally 50 years ago, a
quote attributed to ACS was that chemists lived 10 years less than the average
American. ACS long ago disputed such a quote, but I have never forgotten it, and
from the chemistry labs I have monitored for safety and health practices in
academia (the worst) and industry, I expect it may still be true today. We
found so much dry Picric Acid in high school and college chemistry labs in
1985-90, that NJ issued an alert to all chemistry instructors in the
state. One bottle in a Newark high school was so large the bomb squad
estimated it would have destroyed the entire 2,000 student high school if it had
been dropped on the floor in the storeroom.
President & CEO
Chemical Compliance Systems, Inc.
Route 15 South, Suite 207
Lake Hopatcong, NJ
Sent: Wednesday, August 06, 2014 5:15 PM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Historical chemical safety
>In the latest edition of Prudent Practices, page 2, it is attributed to
Liebig via Kekule
Bingo! Thanks for the memory jog.
Ralph Stuart, CIH
Chemical Hygiene Officer