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Never mix these common cleaning products

On Behalf of | Nov 18, 2021 | Workplace Risks

You land a new job, and you’re working as a janitor at a school or a corporate location. You have to use a lot of different cleaning products every day, and you often work by yourself.

It is very important that you understand the chemical composition of these products and that you know which ones you should never mix. One example is bleach and ammonia. You never want to mix these two, or it can cause a reaction that is sometimes fatal.

What happens when you mix bleach and ammonia?

On their own, both bleach and ammonia are safe and powerful cleaners. If you combine them, however, they create chloramine gas. This is potentially toxic. If you inhale the gas, you can pass out and wind up in a coma, and you may even pass away, despite the best efforts of medical professionals.

If you do survive, chloramine gas can still irritate your lungs, throat, nose, and eyes. It can cause burns, especially to the throat, and have serious ramifications that land you in the hospital.

In short, it is never safe to mix the two, and you always want to read the ingredient lists on any cleaners that you’re using to make sure you know what they contain. Even if you’re using cleaners that are not pure bleach or ammonia, accidentally mixing the two could be hazardous to your health.

Have you suffered injuries on the job?

If you have suffered injuries after some sort of toxic exposure on the job, or if you have lost a loved one, you need to know what legal steps you can take. These injuries can be life-changing, especially if they involve brain injures that may not heal.

 

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