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Re: [BKARTS] Appropriate Use of Toluene

I am certain that others with more information will have something to add.
In the meantime, DO NOT USE Toluene without proper ventilation --- IT IS BAD STUFF!!!! Avoid using solvents, such as Toluene, unless you are fully aware of the health concerns.
Some tape is better left in place unless you know how to remove it safely --- Safe for YOU! and safe for the document.
Bill Minter

On Dec 22, 2006, at 1:10 PM, Jane Thompson wrote:

	I have just started working in a lab that is using straight
Toluene to dissolve old tape.  The individual using the Toluene has a
light box on his bench on which he frequently sets a piece while using
Toluene (light is off though).

	I question (1) the use of straight Toluene, (2) its storage in
an old glass peanut butter jar with a plastic lid, and (3) its use in
proximity to electrical equipment--lights operated off extension cords,
a light box, tacking irons, etc.

	Do any of you have recommendations on use of this product or can
you recommend another less toxic product for application to old
documents to dissolve tape.


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