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Accident: 115721.015 - Two Employees Receive Corrosive Burns From Sanitizing

Accident: 115721.015 -- Report ID: 0523100 -- Event Date: 04/19/2019
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1395048.01504/23/2019United States Department Of Health And Human Services Food And Drug Administration
At 12:00 p.m. on April 19, 2019, Employee #1 and Employee #2 were observing a fo od establishment's sanitation and cleaning process during an investigation. Duri ng the observations of the employees and processes, they used a foaming cleanse r, quaternary ammonium, and a spot acid clear for cleaning and sanitizing. A pun gent smell believed to be chlorine was being released into the air. Employees #1 and #2 noted that their eyes, skin, and mucosal linings of the mouth, throat, a nd nose were irritated and burning. Employee #2 measured the quaternary ammonium solution, and it was found to be in excess of 200 PPM, which is higher than rec ommended levels. Hospitalization was not required.
Keywords: chemical burn, chlorine, cleaning, eye, mouth, mucous membrane, nose, throat
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1395048.015 35 F Non Hospitalized injury Inspectors, agricultural products
2 1395048.015 40 F Non Hospitalized injury Inspectors, agricultural products

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