(X)ylene and other hazardous chemicals

This post is part of the A to Z Challenge. Each post will be associated with a letter of the alphabet with the theme ‘Today, at work…’.


Today, at work, I found out that before eggs are cracked by a machine and filled into jugs to produce liquid eggs, the eggs are sprayed with a mixture of water an 0.01% chlorine, for sanitisation purposes. This might seem strange, but it’s actually a food safety requirement.

Other stuff I encountered when I visited facilities using chemicals:

  • Folks who’ve worked at the facility for 20 years are less likely to listen when you advise them to use a respiratory mask so that they don’t inhale toxic fumes. Their justification? “I’ve worked here for 20 years, haven’t used a respiratory mask that entire time, and I’m still alive!”
  • Workers like to use mineral water/ soda bottles to store thinner, which is colourless like water. A previous client had an incident when one of their workers accidentally drank thinner, thinking it was bottled water.
  • The process of conducting maintenance in oil pipelines is called “pigging”, I always imagine that it’s a cute little pink pig being launched into the pipeline but the actual “pig” (see picture below from Wikipedia) isn’t cute at all.


Note: “X” stumped me, hence the short post (also partially due to memory loss pertaining to chemical-related encounters during work) and lateness 🙂


4 thoughts on “(X)ylene and other hazardous chemicals

  1. I can’t believe anyone would be stupid enough to store colourless hazardous substances in water bottles – talk about a law suit waiting to happen! I hope the person who accidentally drank some was ok


    • The person who drank some was hospitalised but still alive, thank goodness. And this is more common than you’d think just from sheer laziness…


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