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Unformatted text preview: thalmologist who is acquainted with the management of chemical injuries to the eyes. Never work with chemicals in a laboratory unless it is equipped with an eyewash fountain that has been tested within the past six weeks. A record, usually a tag affixed to the plumbing, should state the most recent test date and the tester’s initials. Other Personal Injury Accidents Anyone overcome with smoke or fumes should be removed to fresh air and treated for shock. Remember to evaluate and describe the possibility of harm to the rescuer before the rescuer enters or continues to remain in a toxic environment. If hazardous chemicals have been ingested, follow the first aid treatment shown on the label or in the MSDS. Never give anything by mouth to an unconscious person. Attempt to learn exactly what substances were ingested and inform the medical staff promptly (perhaps while the victim is en route to a hospital). Refer to the MSDS for information regarding treatment. 35 students short index 1/15/03 12:45 PM Page 36 If the injured person is not breathing, provide mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. If there is no pulse, administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). If an individual is bleeding severely, control the bleeding by compressing the wound with a cloth or whatever is available. If possible, elevate the injury above the level of the heart. If blood is spurting, place a pad directly on the wound and apply firm pressure. Take reasonable precautions to avoid contact with blood. Wrap the injured person to avoid shock and get immediate medical attention. In the case of a less severe cut, wrap the injured person to avoid shock (except in case of a trivial cut), and get medical attention. A pressure pad should be applied firmly on the wound. Only individuals trained in first aid should use tourniquets. Do not touch a person in contact with a live electrical circuit. Disconnect the power first! Otherwise, you too may be seriously injured. Spill Cleanup Clean up all spills promptly, efficiently, and properly. Call your instructor for help. Warn all individuals w...
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