There is a new hazard at work - Harsh chemicals

Even before workplaces began reopening, people were worried about the potential dangers posed by chemicals. Now, calls to poison centers regarding exposures to cleaners and disinfectants have increased since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. according to an April 24 report from the CDC. Daily calls coming into poison control centers about exposure to cleaners during March, as coronavirus concerns took hold, went from an average of about 300 at the month’s start to more than 500 by the end of March. Calls about disinfectants rose from around 150 daily in early March to more than 300 by the month’s end, the report said.

An Internet panel survey identified gaps in knowledge about safe preparation, use, and storage of cleaners and disinfectants. Approximately one third of survey respondents engaged in non-recommended high-risk practices with the intent of preventing SARS-CoV-2 transmission, including using bleach on food products, applying household cleaning and disinfectant products to skin, and inhaling or ingesting cleaners and disinfectants.

While most harsh, toxic, chemicals used in most commercial settings are individually tested and approved for use, the effects of use once all chemicals are used together or misused can be extremely harmful.

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OSHA rules for using chemical cleaners and disinfectants require employers to analyze the risks the chemicals pose to workers using the products as well as to employees who work where the chemicals are applied (29 C.F.R. 1910.1200).

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