Decontamination

Clothing or skin soaked with ammonia solutions may be caustic and expose rescuers, as well as workers, to vapors. To decontaminate, all soaked clothing should be removed from the worker and immediately double-bagged. Exposed skin and hair should be irrigated with water for 15 minutes, and seek medical attention immediately if frostbite has occurred. Do not rub the skin. Care must be exercised in removing the clothing as the cloth may be frozen to the skin and if the cloth is rapidly removed, whole slabs of skin may come with it. Exposed or irritated eyes should be flushed with water or saline solution for 15 minutes. Contact lenses should be removed. For ingested ammonia, give the worker at least two glasses of water or milk immediately and remove to an emergency department or similar facility (8,9).

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