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Re: Workplace chemical exposure

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From: Robert Gifford (
Date: Tue Jan 18 2000 - 19:35:10 CST


Sorry to be tardy in my response to your request. I see that it is somewhat
urgent and hope that the information is still helpful.

It appears that you have some idea of the chemicals involved. Your
husband's employer should have a list on-site of hazardous
chemicals in each of the products it uses, including their particular brand of
roller wash. These are contained in the
Materials Safety Data Sheets (MSDS). Individual chemicals, such as
the ones you mention, can be researched in on-line databases, such
as <>.

If the CAS numbers are available, the chemicals can be identified with
greater certainty. These chemical identifiers are listed on the MSDS.

A quick search of the URL listed above showed headaches as symptoms
of Dipropylene Glycol Mthyl Ether.

The Printers' National Environmental Assistance Center has answered other
questions about MSDS information. These answers are archived at
<>. One of the
largest repositories of links to information is

One more thing may be helpful to you. If your husband is employed in the
US, the company is probably bound by US workplace safety and
environmental laws described in this fact sheet.

I hope that your husband is feeling better now or soon.

Bob Gifford

On 6 Jan 00, at 15:12, PNEAC_customer wrote:

> I am looking for any inormation on possible sie effects from exposure to
> "roller washes" possible chemical contents are as follows....Petroleum
> Naptha, Dipropylene Glycol Mthyl Ether, Aliphatic Petroleum Distillate,
> Trimethykbenzene, Aromatic Hydrocarbon, and Menthadiene. there was a
> spil at the prinying company that my husband works at and non-one knew
> what to do and what the exact chemicals in the press were. There has
> been test preformed by a private company hired by the firm but the
> results are not in yet, they had to be sent to another lab. the spill
> was a week ago and my husband is still ahveing headches that do not go
> away even after takig prescription pain killers.

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