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Personal Injury Spill

Accidents often happen while working with chemicals. In some situations when a chemical gets knocked over and spilled, it gets on the person as well. Taking immediate action is very important. Follow the steps below if a chemical spills on you or a co-worker:

Eye Contact

Promptly flush eyes with water for 15 minutes and seek medical attention. If wearing contact lens remove them immediately from the eye and dispose of them.


Call Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222 or 911 and seek medical attention.

Skin Contact

Promptly flush the affected area with water and remove any contaminated clothing. Soap may be necessary for non-water soluble compounds. If symptoms persist after washing, seek medical attention.


Move the victim to fresh air. If the victim is unconscious or not breathing, seek emergency medical attention immediately. Death or permanent injury can occur within three to five minutes.