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    07-31-2012, 03:32 PM
White Lightning treatment is extremely toxic!

So I used some white lightning the other day to treat by guy for white line disease. I used it in the barn (didn't say anything on the container about needing to use it outside) and noticed a very strong odor. I immediately brought him outside and looked up the properties on the chemical.
Turns out white lightning makes chlorine dioxide gas, which has an IDLH of only 5ppm and a TLV of 0.1ppm!! Nasty and dangerous stuff!
I had no idea it created such a dangerous by-product, so thought I should let all of you know. Do NOT use this product in your barn or in an enclosed area. Make sure your outside in an open area, and preferably when its a touch windy outside.
I deal with chemicals on a daily basis, and am quite PO'd that I exposed myself to this without having any fore warning. I plan on contacting the company and voicing my concern on how poorly their products are labeled for health and safety.
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    07-31-2012, 03:47 PM
Originally Posted by gothicangel69    
I deal with chemicals on a daily basis, and am quite PO'd that I exposed myself to this without having any fore warning. I plan on contacting the company and voicing my concern on how poorly their products are labeled for health and safety.
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Its stupid how you can't even opt out of chemical poisioning unless you have a masters in chem for goodness sake...
    07-31-2012, 09:21 PM
I know. Its completely ridiculous! I double checked the container to make sure I didn't just miss something, but there was nothing mentioned about how toxic the by-product is. Just says, 'not responsible for injuries caused by misuse'.
I don't have a masters in chem, but fortunately we had to learn all the important stuff about chemicals at work (such as how to read the TLV or NIOSH book, and to calculate the expected levels based on vapor pressure, temperature, and room diameter). I'm curious as to how many people get injured per year due to companies not properly labeling their products.
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    07-31-2012, 09:32 PM
Ha ha oh my gosh I know! I actually knew a woman who was in pharmaceuticals and she said that they don't actually put warnings on a product until enough people complain that they were injured by using it. IE those crazy things they always warn you about that you go "really? Who would actually do that?" actually happend enough times to justify the label ha ha... kind of long and random but, odd nonetheless...
    07-31-2012, 09:33 PM
Thanks for telling me about this!
    07-31-2012, 09:47 PM
Oh my! That's somewhat hilarious! I always wondered by they would put 'caution, contents are hot' on a cup of coffee, or 'do not turn upside down' on a cake (the label was on the bottom of the cake by the way). Makes you wonder how dense some people can be.
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