By M. D. T. M. Fraser
This booklet examines poisonous chemical compounds that could be found in the place of work and — with easy-to-understand, nontechnical language — examines the stairs a firm can take to control them.
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Not all destructive chemicals are acid or corrosive, however. For instance, although exposing the skin to strong acids, such as muriatic, or alkalis, such as lye, will result in immediate damage and ulceration, application of less irritant chemicals, such as benzene, gasoline, and various solvents to the skin can produce a response that is really an attempt by the skin to protect itself. This response initially is dryness and scaliness and then proceeds on until the skin becomes hard and horny with the development of fissures and cracks.
If you can't get away, however, and if the irritation is severe enough, for instance an exposure to a high concentration of chlorine or nitrogen dioxide, the destruction will lead to a protective outpouring of fluid into the lung called pulmonary edema that can fill up the lung to the extent that the victim will drown in his own fluids. If the irritation is less severe, it can still cause destruction of lung tissue, but, in this case it will later result in the development of bronchitis and disabling lung diseases.
And this he did during the normal working day while Harry was still dunking away with his rims. So far, so good. Harry worked all day, with his usual coffee and lunch breaks, and finally got home about 4 o'clock in the afternoon. , getting home about 10:30, ready for bed. And as he climbed into bed, he said to his wife, "You know, I think I'm getting a cold. " By midnight, his chest was hurting, his cough was severe, he had some difficulty in breathing, and he was bringing up lots of frothy phlegm.