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The potentially deadly risk of mixing chemicals 

On Behalf of | Mar 10, 2021 | Injury Prevention

If you work with chemicals in any capacity, you need to know how to handle them properly and you need to have personal protection equipment to keep you safe. This is not something to take lightly. Chemicals can cause serious illness, burns and many other such ramifications. 

You also need to be wary of mixing chemicals. In many cases, mixing two chemicals can have catastrophic results. They may have been safe to use on their own, relatively speaking, when they were separate, but they could become far more dangerous in one solution. 

Never mix bleach with ammonia

One terrific example of this is mixing bleach and ammonia. Both are common cleaning products and, while harsh on the skin, they are considered safe to use. You may handle them every single day, and it may never be a problem. 

If they get mixed together, though, it creates chloramine gas. This can be fatal. If you inhale it, you will not be able to breathe and you may experience chest pain. You need to get medical attention right away. Even those who survive could have serious ramifications, such as brain damage from being without oxygen for too long. This shows how critical it is to handle even these common chemicals, which are not typically considered very dangerous on their own, with proper care. 

Have you been injured on the job?

If you have suffered a chemical injury or any other type of injury on the job, it can change your career and your life. You absolutely need to know what legal options you have to seek out financial compensation. If you’re struggling to get what you deserve through workers’ compensation, it may be time to speak with an attorney.