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First Aid Procedures


Move injured personnel only if necessary to prevent their exposure to further harm


For spills on clothes or large areas of skin, quickly initiate showering while removing all contaminated clothing, shoes and jewelry. It may be necessary to cut the clothes off in some instances to prevent contamination of the eyes. .


Do not use creams, lotions or salves, except to neutralize the spilled material (e.g., calcium gluconate gel for hydrofluoric acid exposure and polyethylene glycol [PEG 300] for phenol exposure).


If necessary administer artificial respiration, but only if CPR trained. In all cases, the exposed or injured person must seek medical attention:


For spills affecting small portions of skin, immediately flush with flowing water for at least 15 minutes. If no visible burn exists, wash with warm water and soap, removing any jewelry to facilitate proper decontamination.


Contaminated clothes should be laundered when possible (at work, separate from other clothing, or use a contracted laundering service), decontaminated or discarded. Never take contaminated clothing home.


For splashes into the eyes, immediately irrigate the eyes at an eyewash station for at least 15 minutes. Hold the eyelids away from the eyeball, moving eye in all directions to wash thoroughly behind the eyelids.


Call 911 for medical emergencies.