RE: drinking in the darkroom

From: Bob Kiss ^lt;[email protected]>
Date: 11/02/04-03:46:26 PM Z
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        Hydroquinone was one of the phenols to which I had become sensitized due to
build up in my liver and fatty tissues.

-----Original Message-----
From: Joe Smigiel []
Sent: Tuesday, November 02, 2004 1:03 PM
Subject: RE: drinking in the darkroom

Good advice Bob. I wonder how many of us ever consider becoming so
sensitized to photochemicals that we might be unable to continue darkroom
work? I know I would miss the experience greatly. (And, I'd also be out of
a job!)

I recently ordered a print from a photographer in Germany and was surprised
to learn he will not be printing the image himself due to his cumulative
sensitization to hydroquinone. Not a thing I want to deal with...


>>> 11/02/04 10:21 AM >>>
C'mon, people! I thought that is why we were taught lab procedure:
1) Mix chems in chem beakers, etc. Do NOT use household glasses, cups, etc.
2) Consume food & drinks from household glasses, cups, etc, NOT from beakers
or other chem use items.
is said that gun powder and alcohol don't mix...I think it is the same with
darkroom chemistry. If you MUST break this rule, get two angle brackets,
four screws and a small piece of plywood and put up a small "consumable"
shelf on which goes ONLY drinks & food. Put it up high where it can just be
reached but is very inconvenient and small enough so you will NOT consider
resting chems on it but will remember that it is for food & drink only.
        You have been discussing the risks involved with consuming large quantities
of chemicals. There are also risks involved with lower doses. I am living
proof of years of medical treatment necessitated by silver and phenols in my
liver. Don't forget that handling film and prints causes splashes and even
a drop or two of some of our solutions into our cups and glasses or on our
food will have deleterious effects over time.
        Food for thought? ;-))

-----Original Message-----
From: Timo Sund []
Sent: Tuesday, November 02, 2004 11:08 AM
Subject: Re: drinking in the darkroom

Father of my friend once mistakely drank pure drain opening solution
(=sole natrium hydrokside). It was botteled like any soda would. He
survived but can t speak anymore.

And he was man who knew his ways when working with dangerous chemicals.

Íve once had a cup of coffee in the darkroom and had some used cups
lying around filled with various developers. Lycky enough I smelled my
"coffee" before tasting it.

Christina Z. Anderson wrote:
> Nope, it was potassium bichromate. I have the article from the BJP

Timo Sund
Palaios Photos
Received on Tue Nov 2 15:50:22 2004

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