Poisoning can occur in all kinds of ways. It usually refers to ingesting something that is poisonous or hazardous to human health. Ammonia poisoning can be potentially deadly if someone ingests enough of it, and in any situation prompt medical attention should always be sought.
Ammonia in gaseous form can be inhaled and affect the lungs and airways. It can also be dissolved in ordinary water to create liquid ammonia, and this can be dangerous if drunk or otherwise ingested in some way.
While ammonia poisoning is very rare in a work environment, there are situations in which ammonia is used in the workplace. This could refer to a factory where products containing ammonia are created, or even to any workplace where the cleaners use cleaning products featuring ammonia as one of the ingredients.
Symptoms of ammonia poisoning
Aside from problems with breathing, other symptoms can soon arise. For example someone might be wheezy or feel as though they have a fever. If gaseous ammonia is involved it is common to have symptoms affecting the eyes, ears and nose as well. These could include a temporary loss of vision.
Clearly it is always best to make sure no one is exposed to ammonia in any situation if at all possible. It cannot be made clear enough how potentially dangerous it can be. In the workplace the employer has a firm duty of care to follow.
This means they need to do all they can to keep every single employee safe from potential harm. If this cannot be done there could be a question of whether negligence can be proven.
Recovering from poisoning
The degree of recovery will depend on the degree of exposure. As such only medical personnel can provide the most appropriate treatment in each case and monitor how well a person is doing. There should never be any delay in receiving treatment, nor should someone decline seeing a medical professional as soon as possible after an accident of this nature.
In some cases people who are exposed to ammonia at work have an opportunity to claim compensation for any injuries they suffered at that time.
Accident Advice Helpline is experienced in dealing with such claims, as we have 15 years’ experience in the field. Call us for free today on 0800 689 0500 so you can find out whether you can make a claim.
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