Ammonia is considered a health hazard because it is corrosive to the skin, eyes, and lungs.
Irritations to the eyes and skin are most common but in extreme cases when it’s inhaled, death.
- Eye/Face Protection:
- Wear chemical safety goggles. A face shield (with safety goggles) may also be necessary.
- Skin Protection:
- Wear chemical protective clothing e.g. gloves, aprons, boots. In some operations: wear a chemical protective, full-body encapsulating suit and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). Suitable materials include butyl rubber, Viton®, Viton®/butyl rubber, Trellchem® HPS, Trellchem® VPS, Tychem® Responder, Tychem® TK.
- Respiratory Protection:
- For exposure up to 250 ppm: wear a NIOSH approved air-purifying respirator with an appropriate cartridge, wear a NIOSH approved self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) or supplied air respirator.
- For exposure over 250 ppm and up to 300 ppm: wear a NIOSH approved self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) or supplied air respirator.
Taking these precautions can help with exposure to ammonia and prevent serious injury.
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