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Old Jul 26th, 09, 10:12 PM
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I will be sharing this with people at work and people I know outside of work.
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Old Jul 27th, 09, 5:32 AM
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Old Aug 6th, 09, 11:37 AM
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Pretty scary stuff. I know I don't protect myself enough, but I will start being more aware of it. I hope that guy in the story makes a good recovery.
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Old Aug 6th, 09, 12:11 PM
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Yes that brake clean is harsh stuff. I have seen guys clean their hands with it.

It can also be used to kill insects pretty quickly. Sometimes, I have some moths flying around my garage and a quick spray of brake clean kills them in 30 seconds...I know now brake clean&welding/flame doesn't mix.
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Old Aug 13th, 09, 12:11 PM
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Originally Posted by rwin1592 View Post
Here's some interesting facts: Fosgene gas is what they called "mustard gas" used by the Japanese in WW2. It caused many soldiers permanent lung damage. A friend of mine's father never could work due to lung damage from it. Also, freon (R-22) if burned becomes fosgene. That's why refrigeration and HVAC guys are taught never to smoke when working with freon and to work in a well ventilated area or with outside air masks when brazing around freon. WE all take this stuff too lightly until something happens! Be careful!!
Phosgene Gas is NOT Mustard Gas. Mustard Gas is a Blister Agent, while Phosgene is a lung irritant (and toxic). Phosgene was first and largely used during WWI. Although many gases were stockpiled during WWII, very little was ever used. The Japanese used Phosgene and Lewisite in China in a very limited capacity in the late 1930's and into 1941.
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Old Aug 17th, 09, 7:48 AM
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make sure that the air suply doesnot have an oiler on it ,for some tools,needs good filter, caused a man at work to have a stroke,when he hook up to wrong air line.......
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Old Aug 30th, 09, 9:58 AM
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I work for a municipality and was doing a brake job on a sander truck. It had a leaking wheel seal and I used non-flammable brake cleaner to clean the oil from the brake drum. I was being impatient and couldn't wait for the brake cleaner to dry up. I lit the welding torch and warmed the brake drum to speed up the drying time. WELL I felt like I was suffocating, just like there was no air to breath! I quickly put out the torch and went outside. I didn't suffer any damage and was fine a few minutes later. It was a scary episode and now I read the labels when using any chemicals, even spray paint.

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Old Sep 23rd, 09, 5:20 PM
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Would a normal $20 respirator prevent the gas from entering into the lungs or no? Just wondering if we need to be cautious about things even with a respirator on.
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Old Oct 8th, 09, 10:07 AM
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M.S.D.S. MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEETS!!! anytime you have any suspision of a chemical or considering hiring a contractor to do work around house (wood renew, landscaping,etc) ask the contractor or contact the company where chemical is made and ask for M.S.D.S. sheets by Law the company must provide them. With the internet its even easier because you can go directly to companys web site and get info. The M.S.D.S. contains all chemicals in product , the safety warnings, what harmful side effects that could effect you and how to treat immediate exposure. The guy in article posted about brake kleen should have gone directly to hospital and told ER staff what he was exposed to.Another warning about brake kleen ALLWAYS wear safety glass's and a mask. It only takes a minute to get hurt but it also only takes you a minute to be safe.
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