Here's what happens when you take safety for granted


May 10, 2017

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10 TOXIC LABORATORY CHEMICALS

AND WHAT THEY DO TO YOU

 
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Acetonitrile
Flammable irritant that converts to cyanide once inhaled, ingested, or absorbed through the skin.

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Chloroform
Volatile solvent can irritate the skin, eyes, and lungs.  It also acts as an anesthetic that depresses the central nervous system.

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Dimethyl Sulfoxide (DMSO)
An excellent solvent that can cross healthy, intact skin.

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Formaldehyde
Common fixative that causes dermatitis, sinusitis, and asthma.

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2-Mercaptoethanol
A combustible corrosive that can harm the skin and the mucous membranes.

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Methanol
Transforms to formic acid once inside the body and may cause metabolic acidosis and blinding retinal toxicity.

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Sodium Azide
Extremely toxic skin irritant that can cause headaches, dangerously low blood pressure, and even heart failure.

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Sodium Hydroxide
Strong bases like sodium hydroxide saponify fatty acids and destroy cell membranes.

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Sodium Hypochlorite
Causes allergic contact dermatitis.

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Tetrahydrofuran (THF)
A flammable solvent that produces shock-sensitive, explosive peroxides over time.

 
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Even the most common laboratory chemical can still do you harm. Do not put your safety at risk.

 
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