There are many occasions in the lab workplace for employees to take on the task of dispensing liquid nitrogen. There are some simple guidelines that should be followed when handling this hazardous product.
Liquid Nitrogen (LN2) is an inherently dangerous product to handle for a number of reasons but the most obvious one is its temperature. At -321 F this product will cause rapid frostbite upon contact with the skin. Splashing LN2 can cause serious and permanent eye injury.
Precautions should be taken when handling this product to prevent such injuries. Here are some common guidelines:
We have a thin lens over our eyes and that lens is all that hold back the fluid in the eye socket. A drop of LN2 in the eye can crystallize that lens and it will shatter like fine, thin glass allowing the fluid to flow freely. Wear your personal safety equipment on every occasion and maintain your common sense during the task.
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