1/13/16 - Dr. Hildy® and Veronica Hendricks - Toxicology of METHANE and ETHANE - The simplest of Alkanes.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 1:00-3:00PM Pacific
(2:00-4:00pm Mountain; 3:00-5:00pm Central; 4:00-6:00pm Eastern)
With much in the news about the Porter Ranch gas leak in Southern California, special attention should be paid to the potential toxicity of methane gas exposure. This week on One Cell One Light Radio, Dr. Hildy aims to do just that.
Joined by returning guest Veronica Hendricks, Dr. Hildy will outline how exposure to methane is of great concern, for its use as an odorant gas with propane in piped-in gases or container gas to a home or apartment where it will decompose into carbon monoxide and other compounds.
Exposure to alkanes, especially the lower-molecular-mass compounds, is most likely from inhalation, let alone skin absorption and ingestion. “Safe” levels of air contaminants are difficult to set based upon systemic toxicological effects, which should also include genetic predispositions. Therefore, threshold limit values often reflect non-systemic effect of odor, narcosis, eye irritation, and skin irritation.
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