EDIT: (Cliff's): Ski wax chemicals build up in bloodstream via exposure during wax application. WC techs have 45x the concentration of these chemicals (polyflourinated medium-chain organic acids) in their body compared to general population. Adverse effects can include endocrine disruption, cardiotoxicity, liver tumors, and other problems. It should be noted, however, that ski wax is not the only source of these contaminants.
I found this article online while searching for something entirely different.
That's pretty scary... I am now going to stick to CH waxes.
Not sure if I should throw out my supply of low, high, and pure flouros.
I thought flouro wasn't supposed to vaporize below 500F??? The article makes reference to "particles," as well as hints transdermal absorption may be an issue? I always use gloves, but wonder if latex/nitrile gloves are enough... perhaps dual layering with Silver Shield and nitrile gloves may be the best option when working with this wax... as well as a mechanical exhaust system (which I know most people don't use). And then there's the scrapings.... hmmmm.
Anyway thought I'd post this article in case nobody saw it.
Edited by BlueSquare - 7/20/11 at 6:30pm