A chemist dies from burns caused by mixing chemicals.
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 09CA004, 2010 Jan; :1-7
A 56-year-old chemist received fatal chemical burns from mist released after he mixed sodium hydroxide with hydrogen peroxide. The victim was refilling a container of hydrogen peroxide with the incorrect chemical (sodium hydroxide) using a non-standard transfer procedure. The victim was not wearing any form of personal protective equipment (PPE). The employer did not have a safety and training program to address hazardous chemical handling, storage and use. The CA/FACE investigator determined that in order to prevent future incidents, employers who use hazardous chemicals in their work environment should ensure that specific safety and training programs are developed and implemented for the handling, storage, and use of hazardous chemicals.
Region-9; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Burns; Chemical-burns; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Laboratory-techniques; Laboratory-work; Protective-measures; Safety-clothing; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Safety-practices; Training; Traumatic-injuries; Work-practices
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Public Health Institute