Working with Corrosive Substances

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This course introduces concepts and principles that can prevent serious health risks to workers due to exposure to corrosives. This course introduces the proper protection practices from corrosive substances as well as methods of treating exposure to those substances.

Employee exposure to corrosives can be evaluated to determine the need for engineering and administrative controls as well as the need for personal protective equipment. The results from injuries can be severe and even fatal. Mists produced by liquids can result in lung damage if inhaled, serious burns or irritation can be the result of accidental contact to the skin or eyes, and lung and skin cancer have been linked to chromic acid. Additional threats to employees are posed by the ease with which many corrosive chemicals ignite, explode or react with incompatible substances. The purpose of this course is to understand how corrosives work and the best ways to protect oneself from their negative impacts.

This guide is intended to be consistent with all existing OSHA standards therefore, if an area of this course is considered by the reader to be inconsistent with a standard, then the OSHA standard should be followed. This course is based on the publication, A Guide to Working with Corrosive Substances.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end and is intended to provide 1 hour of professional development.

At the conclusion of this course, the student will have learned or been exposed to the following:
• Understanding what corrosives are
• Methods of handling corrosives
• Risks associated with corrosives
• Remedies of exposure to corrosives

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