PERSONAL CONTAMINATION

1.      General Information

Do what is necessary to protect life. Remain calm. The Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for the chemical will contain special first aid information. Check these in advance of an emergency.

Do not move an injured person unless they are in further danger. A blanket should be used immediately to protect the victim from shock and exposure.

Whenever chemicals have the possibility of damaging the skin or eyes, an emergency supply of water must be available. Laboratories must have access to eyewashes and safety showers. As with all safety equipment, these can only be useful if they are accessible, therefore:

Keep all passageways to the eyewash and shower clear of any obstacle (even a temporarily parked chemical cart or bottles stored nearby an eyewash, shower, or other emergency equipment).

Eyewashes should be checked routinely to be certain that they have proper water flow. (Laboratory personnel should flush once a week for 3 minutes to prevent the build-up of amoeba and bacteria in the stagnant water.)

Showers should be checked routinely to assure that access is not restricted and the start chain is within reach.

2.      Chemicals Spilled on the Skin

Quickly remove all contaminated clothing while using the safety shower or other available sources of water. Immediately flood the affected body area in cool water for at least 15 minutes. Wash off the chemical with water but do not use neutralizing chemicals, creams, lotions, or salves.

Get medical attention promptly.

3.      Chemicals in the Eyes

Hold the eyes open and irrigate with plenty of cool water for at least 15 minutes.

Get medical attention promptly.

Link to the Hazardous Substance Exposure Procedures under Accident Reporting in Section IV for additional information.


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