Chlorine Safety (includes bleach and other chlorine compounds)

Photo courtesy of The Chlorine Institute. Be ready for possible emergencies. Workers who haven't been adequately trained and equipped to address leaks could be at risk for harm

Be ready for possible emergencies. Workers who haven't been adequately trained and equipped to address leaks could be at risk for harm.

Courtesy of The Chlorine Institute.

Chlorine is abundant and useful, but it's also toxic and corrosive.

A brief exposure to a large amount of chlorine gas can damage lungs and even cause death. It can irritate or burn workers' eyes, skin, throat, and lungs.

Chlorine (or chlorine compounds) can be found at work:

  • As a liquefied gas stored in metal cylinders.
  • In solvents.
  • In bleach and other cleaning products.
  • In water treatment chemicals (in liquid, granular, or tablet form).
  • As additives to or by-products from work processes (to make paper products or chlorinate water).

Information provided in this topic page can help businesses identify and evaluate safety and health hazards. It also provides resources to help with training, prevention methods, and development and implementation of a required written accident prevention program (APP).

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