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Corrosives are materials so powerful that they can damage or destroy metal. In humans, they can attack and chemically destroy body tissues as soon as they touch the skin, eyes or lungs. Although corrosives can be dangerous, they needn’t be harmful if they are handled, stored, and disposed of safely. Everyone who works with corrosives should be aware of their potential hazards and follow all safety precautions and recommended handling and storage procedures.
Corrosive materials are present in almost any workplace either by themselves or contained in other products. Common acid corrosives include hydrochloric acid, sulfuric acid, acetic acid, and nitric acid. Common alkaline/bases include ammonium hydroxide, potassium hydroxide, and sodium hydroxide (caustic soda). Cement contains lime, which is a base or caustic compound. Cleaning compounds may contain acids or bases. Before using a material, always read the MSDS to know what’s in the material and to learn how to use it safely.
Corrosives can burn and destroy body tissues on contact. The stronger or more concentrated the corrosive material is and the longer it touches the body, the worse the injuries will be. Some corrosives are toxic and can cause other health effects. Check the MSDS and the label on the container for warnings of possible health effects.
Following these basic safe work practices will help protect you and your coworkers from the hazards of corrosive materials:
If you should get corrosive material on you, remove any contaminated clothing, rinse yourself off immediately, and seek medical attention.
The above evaluations and/or recommendations are for general guidance only and should not be relied upon for legal compliance purposes. They are based solely on the information provided to us and relate only to those conditions specifically discussed. We do not make any warranty, expressed or implied, that your workplace is safe or healthful or that it complies with all laws, regulations or standards.
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