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Ammonium chloride in the workplace

On Behalf of | Nov 18, 2022 | Workers' Compensation

Ammonium chloride is an inorganic salt that has many industrial applications. Manufacturers use it for glue, flavoring agents, medicine, acidifiers and so on. Because this chemical has so many uses, many people from different fields work with it.

While ammonium chloride is not flammable, it can become a safety hazard when it is around a heat source. It decomposes and becomes a toxic gas very quickly. This spells problems for workers who are around it on a daily basis.

What are the dangers of exposure?

Ammonium chloride is a respiratory irritant that can cause coughing, asthma attacks and lung damage, which can be life-threatening. Also, as a dermal corrosive, this chemical can cause serious burns to the skin. If it gets into a cut or scrape, ammonium chloride can cause redness, swelling and pain. It can also wreak havoc on the digestive tract if a person swallows it.

How can workers prevent exposure?

It is crucial that workers follow safety procedures to reduce their risk of exposure to ammonium chloride. Everyone should use protective gloves, goggles and respirators when handling this chemical. It is good to store ammonium chloride in clearly labeled containers. Not only should workers wash their hands after handling ammonium chloride, but they should also change their clothes immediately after work.

Many businesses overlook the dangers of ammonium chloride, which puts workers and consumers in jeopardy. This is why it is important that more people educate themselves about this salt and what it can do to the body.