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Knowledge and protection can prevent chemical burns

When it comes to workplace injuries, many people are concerned about chemical burns. Obviously, this is something to think about if you work in close proximity to dangerous chemicals on a regular basis.

Many years ago, companies and workers did not know how to protect against chemical burns. Fortunately, things have changed for the better. While more knowledge has gone a long way in preventing these types of accidents, they still impact many people every year.

A chemical burn is not the same as a heat burn, and here is why: with a chemical burn, there is no heat involved. While the person may experience a burning sensation, it is the chemical itself, not extreme heat, that is causing the damage.

The severity of a chemical burn depends on many factors, including the type of chemical and the length of exposure.

Some of the most serious symptoms of chemical burns include tissue necrosis, difficulty breathing, and coughing up blood.

It is important for a chemical burn to be treated as quickly as possible, as the longer the substance remains in contact with the skin the more damage it will cause.

With the right knowledge, with the right prevention strategy, people who work with dangerous chemicals can avoid injury.

In the event that a person suffers a chemical burn, he or she should not wait to receive treatment. Not only should the skin be washed immediately, at the site of the accident, but the person should then seek immediate treatment from a qualified medical team. This can help prevent long term symptoms.

Source: Occupational Health and Safety, "Putting the Lid on Chemical Burns," accessed May 17, 2016

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