Go Back   Science Forums Biology Forum Molecular Biology Forum Physics Chemistry Forum > Molecular Research Topics Forum > Protocols and Methods Forum
Register Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Protocols and Methods Forum Post Any Protocol, Method, Technique, Procedure or Tips / Troubleshooting for any Molecular Biology Technique.


ethidium bromide contamination on clothes

ethidium bromide contamination on clothes - Protocols and Methods Forum

ethidium bromide contamination on clothes - Post Any Protocol, Method, Technique, Procedure or Tips / Troubleshooting for any Molecular Biology Technique.


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 02-20-2006, 09:44 PM
Jayakumar, R
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default ethidium bromide contamination on clothes



With due respect to Dr. Parida, I am genuinely surprised by his advice
about washing hands to clean ethidium bromide contamination.
Ethidium bromide is dangerous and is a strong mutagent either in
buffer or in the gel. Always handle ethidium bromide gels with gloves
and dispose the gloves and gels in a ethidium bromide solid waste
biohazardous container. Washing hands with water (though that is the
first thing to do as soon as possible) will not remove ethidium bromide
that is pretty strongly bonded with your skin. Any ethidium bromide
spill on benchtops should be solidified using RED Z, or some such proven
hazardous liquid disposal agent and should be disposed off as per
institute guidelines. Surface repeatedly washed with butanol, and other
recommended detergents till no fluorescence is observed under UV (again
contact your safety regulation people). Ethidium bromide waste is
considered to be that biohazardous, that it is disposed off separately
from other biohazardous wastes, normally by incineration. All buffers
(including running buffers) containing Ethidium bromide (any
concentration even traces), should be filtered through activated
charcoal filters (we do that in our lab which are also available
commercially), ensured that the traces are well below safety limits and
then disposed off down the sink.
If you have ethidium bromide spill on your coat, carefully pack
them in a biohazardous bag and contact your environment safety people
on the best way to dispose it off. Washing them will only contaminate
your washing machine, other clothes and yourselves. Different
institutes follow slightly different guidelines on disposing ethidium
bromide waste.
Careless handling of ethidium bromide can contaminate others in the
lab too which is not an ethical practice.

Best of luck
Jayakumar T. Nair, Ph.D.,

Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Buffalo, NY 14263

-----Original Message-----
From: [Only registered users see links. ]
[mailto:[Only registered users see links. ].indiana.edu] On Behalf Of Siddhartha
Parida
Sent: Sunday, February 19, 2006 11:40 PM
To: [Only registered users see links. ]
Subject: Re: Methods Digest, Vol 9, Issue 18

Etbr is its stock solution(10mg/ml) form is to some extent harmful but
not when used in gels or staining buffer , u can just wash ur hands if
u get in touch

On 2/19/06, [Only registered users see links. ]
<[Only registered users see links. ].indiana.edu> wrote:
changed
lab
had
to
wash
this
it
"el" <[Only registered users see links. ]> wrote:
a
ofcourse)and
changed
it
lab
had
to
wash
this
am
it
and
and


--
Sidharth Parida
Senior Faculty
Center for biotechnology and Research
Neelachal Inst of Medical Sciences
O.C.H.C building , Near Ram Mandir
Bhubaneswar-3
ORISSA
09437089337(M)
[Only registered users see links. ]

_______________________________________________
Methods mailing list
[Only registered users see links. ]
[Only registered users see links. ]


This email message may contain legally privileged and/or confidential information. If you are not the intended recipient(s), or the employee or agent responsible for the delivery of this message to the intended recipient(s), you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying, distribution, or use of this email message is prohibited. If you have received this message in error, please notify the sender immediately by e-mail and delete this email message from your computer. Thank you.

Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 02-20-2006, 10:27 PM
DK
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default ethidium bromide contamination on clothes

In article <[Only registered users see links. ].net >, "Jayakumar, R" <[Only registered users see links. ]> wrote:

Well, if it's strongly bound to skin then it's harmless :-) That's what skin
does - protects against external damage. "Problem" is, EthBr does *not*
bind pretty strongly to skin and is washed away by water/soap very
efficiently.


It is not "biohazardous"!

that it is disposed off separately

In most of the USA, I believe, regulations are that, starting from some
low concentration, EthBr waste can go to the sink. Same as for most
radioactive materials. Makes common sense.


... And the building, and the city!, oh, the Earth!

Different

Careless handling of anything is bad practice in the lab.
But hugely exaggregating the danger is not the best way of ethical
standards in the lab.

DK

Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 02-21-2006, 12:29 AM
el
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default ethidium bromide contamination on clothes

so basically you are saying I have contaminated all my clothes, washing
machine and probably my apartment?

Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 02-21-2006, 02:24 AM
Don Gilbert
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default ethidium bromide contamination on clothes

You may want to check out some of the published guidelines
for Ethidium Bromide Disposal (see also Google):
[Only registered users see links. ]


- Don
--
-- d.gilbert--bioinformatics--indiana-u--bloomington-in-47405
-- [Only registered users see links. ]/
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 02-21-2006, 03:15 AM
DK
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default ethidium bromide contamination on clothes

In article <dtdtkm$jvp$[Only registered users see links. ].indiana.edu>, [Only registered users see links. ] (Don Gilbert) wrote:

A sensible site. Few quotes (emphasis mine):

"
Ethidium bromide is commonly used in molecular biology laboratories.
While it is *not* regulated as hazardous waste, the mutagenic properties
of this substance may present a hazard.
...
Aqueous solutions containing <10ug/ml ethidium bromide *can* be released
to the drain.
"

DK

Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 02-21-2006, 02:48 PM
Michael Sullivan
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default ethidium bromide contamination on clothes

I don't think you need to worry. You probably couldn't have had more
than 10 micrograms of EtBr on your jeans. Then you made 2 serial
dilutions of that in 40 or so liters of water (wash and rinse cycle),
and I'd say you probably don't need to worry about having
contaminated anything.

Mike Sullivan


On Feb 20, 2006, at 6:29 PM, el wrote:


---
Michael L. Sullivan
Plant Research Molecular Geneticist
US Dairy Forage Research Center
ARS-USDA
1925 Linden Drive West
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 890-0046 (Phone)
(608) 890-0076 (FAX)

Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 02-21-2006, 08:22 PM
Susan Hogarth
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default ethidium bromide contamination on clothes

DK wrote:

When I was a student, we had to do Cesium Chloride preps of some
plasmid (do students still do that? I was terrified of the
ultracentrifuge, probably connected with my fear of washing machines
Of course the preps were HEAVILY laced with EB (not to mention CsCl!)
and of course I did JUST what the prof suggested NOT to do, which was
put my hand behind the tube while I punctured it with a large-bore
needle to pull the band with my plasmid. Whoops! So I had basically
injected (not deeply, fortunately) myself with EB/salt solution
glowing-red. I did survive, evidently, although the case for brain
damage could be made ;-)

- Susan

Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 02-21-2006, 08:43 PM
Christian Praetorius
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default ethidium bromide contamination on clothes

"Susan Hogarth" <[Only registered users see links. ]> wrote:


Oh yes, we did that, too. In a lab course, but I never did it again.
Although there are still some applications that need this kind of
purification. But they became rare...


The two advantages of EtBr are good water solubility and an
instability to light...


Thats quite normal :-))

Christian

--
[X] <-- nail here for new monitor
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 02-22-2006, 09:51 PM
Jose de las Heras
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default ethidium bromide contamination on clothes


"Christian Praetorius" <[Only registered users see links. ]> wrote in message
news:[Only registered users see links. ]...

LOL!!!

You now owe me a new keyboard, which is soaked in coke ;-)

Jose


Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 06-13-2006, 01:32 PM
SJC
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default ethidium bromide contamination on clothes

el wrote:

I wouldnt worry too much about it. There's no doubt that it is not good
for you and that it is a strong mutagen. However, it doesnt penetrate
cells easily, and it is easily washed away. Wash your stuff a few times
and it'll be so diluted that it will be fine.

Use the incident as a lesson though!

Depending on your level of funding, you might consider SYBRSafe stain by
Molecular Probes. It's much more expensive, and has a couple of other
drawbacks, but it's less harmful than EtBr.

Scott.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
bromide , clothes , contamination , ethidium


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
RE to Jim 3975 - Strong contamination with ethidium bromide Prof. Piero Sestili Protocols and Methods Forum 17 06-14-2007 04:02 PM
Strong contamination with ethidium bromide Undergrad Protocols and Methods Forum 6 06-14-2007 03:12 PM
RE to Jim 3975 - Strong contamination with ethidium bromide Jayakumar, R Protocols and Methods Forum 0 06-11-2007 04:42 PM
Strong contamination with ethidium bromide Jayakumar, R Protocols and Methods Forum 0 06-05-2007 04:33 PM
ethidium bromide contamination on clothes DK Protocols and Methods Forum 5 06-19-2006 03:02 PM


All times are GMT. The time now is 09:12 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 2005 - 2012 Molecular Station | All Rights Reserved
Page generated in 0.17879 seconds with 16 queries