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Protect yourself: cleaning chemicals and your health.

Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2012-125, 2012 Mar; :1
Working with cleaning chemicals can cause: Coughing; Shortness of Breath; Wheezing; Sore Throat; Red, Itchy Eyes; Headaches or Dizziness; Skin Rashes; Nosebleeds; Skin and Eye Burns; or, Asthma. If you have health problems that you think are caused by using cleaning chemicals, tell your supervisor and ask to see a doctor. What You Need to Know: Do not mix cleaning products that contain bleach and ammonia. Dangerous gases can be released and can cause severe lung damage. Your employer is required to provide a safe workplace that includes: Sufficient ventilation (airflow) when using cleaning chemicals; Protective clothing, gloves, and safety goggles, when needed; Labels on containers of cleaning chemicals; Training on the hazards of cleaning chemicals you are using and safe work practices. Your employer must train you to: Know the hazards of cleaning chemicals BEFORE using them; Know how to use and store cleaning chemicals safely; Know how and when to dilute cleaning chemicals you are using; Know what to do if there is a spill or other emergency; Know how to obtain and use hazard information on labels and material safety data sheets (MSDS); Know how and when to use protective clothing, gloves, and safety goggles. Remember: Wash your hands after using cleaning chemicals and before eating, drinking, or smoking. This document is also available in: <a href=""target="_blank">Chinese</a> and <a href=""target="_blank">Tagalog.</a>
Respiratory-irritants; Eye-irritants; Skin-irritants; Cleaning-compounds; Household-bleach; Lung-disorders; Respiratory-system-disorders; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Gloves; Personal-protective-equipment; Personal-protection; Protective-clothing; Safety-equipment; Safety-glasses; Safety-practices; Eye-protection; Eye-protective-equipment; Training; Surveillance-programs
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DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2012-125; B07182012
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Page last reviewed: July 30, 2021
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division