Decontamination procedures for skin exposed to phenolic substances.


Spraying or swabbing with a mixture of polyethylene glycol 300/industrial methylated spirits (PEG-300/IMS) (2:1 by volume) has been shown to substantially reduce mortality, systemic effects, and skin burns resulting from skin contamination by phenol, cumene hydroperoxide, or phenol/acetone cleavage product. The skin-damaging potentials of sodium hydroxide and sulfuric acid have also been investigated. PEG-300/IMS(2:1 by volume) mixture was found, in rats, to be slightly less effective than water as means of decontamination. The PEG-300/IMS mixture has been shown not to cause eye irritation, and so should not present a hazard where this mixture is used as a decontaminant spray.

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@article{Brown1975DecontaminationPF, title={Decontamination procedures for skin exposed to phenolic substances.}, author={Virginia K Brown and Val Box and B. Joyce Simpson}, journal={Archives of environmental health}, year={1975}, volume={30 1}, pages={1-6} }