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> Dangerous Advice George. One of the first things they taught us in the
> biological labs at college was "DON'T STICK YOUR NOSE IN ANYTHING AND
> SNIFF". As this is an excellent way to damage/kill yourself.
> The accepted way to smell any liquid chemical (if you really must)is to
> hold it away from your body at about chest height and wave your had over
> the top of the bottle, and sort of waft the fumes upwards. Even this is
> dangerous practice and should be avoided if possible.
> Trying to judge the need for protection by smell alone is foolhardy at
> best, some chemicals are odourless and deadly.
> Remember there are kids reading this stuff who don't know any better.
> Rant finished,
Let us also not forget that it doesn't have to have a smell to be dangerous (can you say CO?). Then of course there would be the argument of "I lost my sense of smell in a tragic combine harvester accident as a child". Would I not then still be at risk of sensitization, even though the George Roberts scratch-and-sniff test failed? I wore a respirator for nearly all of my work on my Coho. The times I did not, I barely smelled a thing, especially in spring when my sinus cavity was generously packed with pollen-induced mucous the likes of which you can't imagine. And if you've seen my profile, you'd probably suggest that I should have used the word cavern rather than cavity. Anyway, it doesn't mean it wasn't dangerous not having that respirator on.
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