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[BKARTS] toluene

Toluene is a pretty toxic substance.
You can always look up the safety sheet
of any chemical at:

www.ccohs.ca (a nice site)
here's their report on toluene
http://search.ccohs.ca/search97cgi/s97_cgi? ResultTemplate=oa.hts&QueryMode=Internet&Action=Search&collection=oshans wers&QueryText=toluene&-search=Search

I was surprised when I wrote my thesis at Iowa on the chemicals we use in printmaking. Toluene was introduced as "more safe" in-between the time I attended WI & Iowa. When actually looking at the safety sheets for the chemical, it was second worse to gasoline. Gasoline is the absolute worst solvent that can be used in our shops.

Take care,
Wear a respirator.

Felix E. Tebbe


On Dec 23, 2006, at 12:00 AM, BOOK_ARTS-L automatic digest system wrote:

Date:    Fri, 22 Dec 2006 12:10:29 -0600
From:    Jane Thompson <jane.thompson@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Appropriate Use of Toluene

	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.

Jane Thompson
Arkansas History Commission
Little Rock

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