Date: Thu, 09 May 2002 14:56:44 -0700

Author: "Kelly V. Beck"

Subject: nickel hazard

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Hi Everybody,

I'm doing a little background work on my niece's proposed science fair
project - that is, checking the safety issues of the supplies she's
requested. I thought you all might be able to help me out on this:

She needs a small amount of nickel powder or nickel shot to mix with soil
in which she will be growing plants.

Sites like the Los Alamos Periodic Table say:
Nickel is recognized as being potentially carcinogenic.
"Exposure to nickel metal and soluble compounds (as Ni) should not exceed
0.05 mg/cm3 (8-hour time-weighted average - 40-hour work week)."

Yet, k-12 science suppliers sell nickel shot and powder, and label it
non-hazardous.

Does anybody know, is handling nickel powder or shot dangerous? What are
the dangers here?

Thanks for any advice you can send my way - it will help me earn my
good-aunt merit badge!

Kelly


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Kelly V. Beck
Office of VPUE
5 - 9139

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Hi Everybody,



I'm doing a little background work on my niece's proposed science fair
project - that is, checking the safety issues of the supplies she's
requested.  I thought you all might be able to help me out on
this:



She needs a small amount of nickel powder or nickel shot to mix with soil
in which she will be growing plants.



Sites like the Los Alamos Periodic Table say:

Nickel is recognized as being potentially carcinogenic.

"Exposure to nickel metal and soluble compounds (as Ni) should not
exceed 0.05 mg/cm3 (8-hour time-weighted average -
40-hour work week)."



Yet, k-12 science suppliers sell nickel shot and powder, and label it
non-hazardous.



Does anybody know, is handling nickel powder or shot dangerous? 
What are the dangers here?



Thanks for any advice you can send my way - it will help me earn my
good-aunt merit badge!



Kelly





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Kelly V. Beck

Office of VPUE

5 - 9139


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