Hazards of Corrosive Chemicals:
- Reversible and irreversible destruction of tissue
- Corrosion of metal
- Release of Hydrogen in reaction with metals
Strong acids and bases, dehydrating agents, halogens, and oxidizing agents
- Store below eye level
- Store in small containers
- Store the minimum quantity necessary for work in their compatibility groups
- Store in secondary containment or cabinets designed to control corrosives effects on shelving
Acute Health Effects
Irritation of mucous membranes, difficulty breathing, coughing, pulmonary edema, sore throat
Irritation and burning sensation of lips, mouth, and throat; pain in swallowing, painful abdominal cramps; vomiting
Burning, redness and swelling, painful blisters, profound damage to tissues (alkalis: a slippery soapy feeling)
Stinging, watering, swelling of eyelids, intense pain, ulceration of eyes, loss of eye/eyesight
Chronic Health Effects
Some damage to bones, teeth, etc. Others attack organs
Personal Protective Equipment
Use chemical splash goggles to protect eyes. If splash potential, a face shield may be required over splash goggles.
Flush contaminated skin or eyes for a full 15 minutes with clean, tepid water. Do not rub eyes. Get immediate medical attention even if you believe you have flushed all contaminant out of your eyes.
Use when possible
Check with glove compatibility charts in the Lab Resource Guide for exact chemical in use. Neoprene and Nitrile are effective for most acids and bases. PVC is effective for many acids.
Rubber Coated Apron
Where a splash potential exists