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    A solvent for an industrial process requires the use of phenol or benzene. Both are about the same in effectiveness for the process, and of course, gloves will be used when handling either solvent. As an environmental safety officer for the company, which one would you recommend the use of and why? Also what set-up would you recommend to minimize exposure and risk?

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    Benzene (C6H6) is a non-polar solvent which is usually soluble in most of the organic solvents and has property to dissolve organic compound in it (like dissolves like).
    On the other hand, phenol (C6H5OH) is polar and is soluble in water and has some acidic as well as disinfecting properties.

    While handling these solvents wearing gloves (as gloves are made from rubber which is again an organic polymer). it means that benzene will dissolve the glove and it will not be safe to handle benzene while wearing gloves.

    Furthermore, benzene is toxic in nature and has some carcinogenic properties. This means that while in contact with skin,for long time, benzene can cause cancer. However these effects are unusual in case of phenol.

    Therefore, I would prefer to handle phenol while wearing gloves.
    However, during handling such chemicals, one would expose himself minimum to avoid any risk. One should wear safety goggles as well as suitable clothing, covering all the body while using these solvents and avoid to inhale the solvents.

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