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Don't get burned by chemicals

The briefest exposure to strong caustic acids and bases can cause major tissue damage, preventing a major workplace hazard and threat to workplace safety.

Bases typically result in more severe tissue damage than acids because they are more persistent during contact with the skin.

While a quick rinse can often remove acids, bases need a sustained body flush - for as long as twenty minutes to prevent further harm.

The chemical groups often used in industry which can cause chemical burns are:

Strong acids

  • Sulphuric acid. In drain and metal cleaners, auto battery fluid, munitions, fertiliser manufacturing. Plus many other products
  • Muriatic or hydrochloric acid: One of the most corrosive acids. In products for cleaning brick and metal, etch concrete, pool maintenance.
  • Hydrofluoric acid: Extremely toxic. In rust removers and various cleaners; refrigerant and fertiliser manufacturing; petroleum refining.
  • Nitric acid: Very strong. Used in production of numerous chemicals.
  • Phosphoric acid: For metal cleaning and refining, fertiliser manufacturing, rust proofing. Also in disinfectants and detergents.

Common bases or caustics

  • Sodium hydroxide and potassium hydroxide: Used in drain and oven cleaners.
  • Sodium and calcium hypochlorite: Are also oxidising agents. In bleaches, swimming pool chlorination. Can cause burns by more than one chemical mechanism.
  • Ammonia: In many cleaners and detergents. Gaseous anhydrous ammonia is in various industrial applications, including fertiliser manufacturing.

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