Friday, March 9, 2012

Dimethyl Sulfate

A colorless or yellow, slightly water-soluble, poisonous liquid, (CH 3 ) 2 SO 2 , used chiefly in organic synthesis.

Dimethyl sulfate caused tumors in rats at several different tissue sites and by several different routs of exposure.  Inhalation exposure to dimethyl sulfate cause cancer of the nasal cavity (squamous-cell carcinoma) and other local tumors.  Exposure by subcutaneous injection cause cancer at the injection site (sarcoma).  Dimethyl sulfate administered to pregnant rats by intravenous injection cause tumors of the nervous system in the offspring.  (LARC 1974)

NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health), considers dimethyl sulfate to be a potential occupational carcinogen as defined by the OSHA carcinogen policy.

Might I just say.  Holy heck!!! This sounds terrifying.  Just my opinion, and I know I'm not saying it very professional, but wow.  This is allowed? 


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