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First Aid And Decontamination Procedures For Chemical Workers

Editorial Team May 22, 2018 0

What Is Decontamination…?

Decontamination is the process of removal of hazardous material such as radioactive remains, germs etc. from an object or from a specified location/area in-order to establish a safe and health conscious environment to work and live.

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THINGS TO CONSIDER

  • Assessment of the scale of contamination.
  • Determining the required equipment that is needed.
  • Implementing the appropriate measure/s of decontamination.

HAZWOPER 24 Training  offers detailed guide and information regarding decontamination processes and the first aid steps that may be required.

PHYSICAL DECONTAMINATION:

  • Washing or wiping off using either gravity or pressurized flow.
  • Evaporation/vaporization.
  • Scrubbing/scraping.
  • Removing the contaminated objects/elements.

INACTIVATION:

  • Chemical detoxification via oxidation/reduction processes.
  • By use of irradiation
  • Sterilization through dry heat and vapor.

CHEMICAL DECONTAMINATION

  • Dissolving contaminants by using a compatible solvents such as alcohol, ether, halogenated solvents etc.
  • Detergents, which are a common element in daily house-hold.
  • Solidifying of fluid or gel like contamination.

FIRST AID GUIDE

A comprehensive guide via HAZWOPER 24 online.

SKIN/EYE CONTACT:

  • Wash the affected area with clean running water for at least 10 minutes thoroughly.
  • Remove contaminated clothing.
  • In case of an injury, cover it with clean piece of cloth to protect it from getting infected.

INGESTION:

  • Do not vomit.
  • Wash out the mouth with water.
  • Drink 500ml of water to dilute the effect.
  • Seek medical help.

INHALATION:

  • Move the affected person to a safe location.
  • Perform CPR
  • Seek medical help.

SOURCE:

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/hazardouswaste/training/decon.html

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