You may be aware that ammonia has a fairly foul smell, although it is dangerous because an individual can get used to the smell and not realise just how much of it they are inhaling. You may also know this is a potentially dangerous substance for various reasons. However you may not be aware it is perfectly possible to suffer from ammonia burns in the wrong situation.
Ammonia is used in the creation of many cleaning products, and is present in many other ways as well. If a business deals with ammonia in any respect, it should have practical means in place that will allow it to prevent potential accidents from occurring. If this does not happen there is a chance this negligence could lead to ammonia burns.
How does an ammonia burn happen?
When ammonia comes into contact with the skin (including the eyes and other sensitive areas) it has the potential to cause a burn. Since this is a chemical it is easy to see how this might happen. The resulting burn makes the skin look red and can potentially cause it to blister.
The severity of the burn will depend on how it was caused; for example if an explosion occurs that includes ammonia, it can lead to large-scale burns and burns that occur inside the body as well.
Accident Advice Helpline knows of people who have experienced such burns in the past. They have had to undergo treatment as quickly as possible to limit the damage caused, but treatment can persist for many days after the initial incident happens.
Interaction with moisture
This is how ammonia works. Since you have moisture in your eyes, in your airways and even in your skin, ammonia will get to work damaging all these things as soon as you are exposed to it. This is why urgent treatment is required. It is also why every step possible should be taken to ensure no worker is at risk of ammonia burns.
Suffering from burns like these involves in-depth treatment in hospital. It could mean your life changes as a result. You will certainly have to cope with the outcome of the injuries you have suffered – injuries someone else may have caused.
Why not call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to ensure you know what to do and whether you could make a no win, no fee claim?
Date Published: June 27, 2015
Author: Rob Steen