Poisoning from Industrial Chemicals
The use of hazardous industrial chemicals is generally strictly controlled and regulated, and staff who work with such substances are aware of the specific first aid and safety requirements. For most people, contact with dangerous industrial chemicals will be through a chemical spill at a road accident or a problem at an engineering plant.
First Aid Treatment
Many industrial chemicals can be absorbed through the skin or inhaled so it is important not to approach an accident scene unless you are sure you can do so safely. If you are at all unsure of the risk, do not approach the scene. Instead, call the emergency services immediately, giving as much information about the incident as you can. Encourage casualties who can to move away from the source of any danger.
Where possible, remove the casualty from the chemical. lf this is not possible, then ensure that the area is wellventilated (open doors and windows).
If in doubt, do not stay in the room yourself. Many chemicals have no odour or obvious effect and you may not be aware that you are being poisoned.
Poisons on the skin
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