UM Researcher asks: If Corexit is 27 times safer than dish soap, why does safety manual recommend using oil and chemical-resistant synthetic rubber gloves to handle it?


Corals Won’t Survive A Shallow-Water Oil Spill Treated With Dispersants, National Wildlife Federation (Wildlife Promise), October 14, 2010:

University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, doctoral candidate Rachel... Silverstein reflected on the use of dispersants saying, “They say it’s 27 times safer than dish soap, but the Corexit safety manual recommends using nitrile [oil, fuel and chemical-resistant synthetic rubber] gloves to handle it.”

1 comment to UM Researcher asks: If Corexit is 27 times safer than dish soap, why does safety manual recommend using oil and chemical-resistant synthetic rubber gloves to handle it?

  • D. Thomas

    Corexit MSDS says, "Do not contaminate surface water"
    My dish soap has no warning label like this MSDS warning for Corexit:
    **EMERGENCY OVERVIEW** WARNING
    Eye and skin irritant. Repeated or excessive exposure to butoxyethanol may cause injury to red blood cells
    (hemolysis), kidney or the liver. Harmful by inhalation, in contact with skin and if swallowed.
    Do not get in eyes, on skin, on clothing. Do not take internally. Use with adequate ventilation. Wear suitable
    protective clothing. Keep container tightly closed. Flush affected area with water. Keep away from heat. Keep
    away from sources of ignition - No smoking.
    May evolve oxides of carbon (COx) under fire conditions.
    ....................
    BP et al is 'Dishing' out more lies!

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