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Accident: 202330692 - Two Employees Are Overcome By Chlorine Gas

Accident: 202330692 -- Report ID: 0352450 -- Event Date: 08/07/2006
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30993461008/08/20068051Oakland Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
On August 6, 2006, Employee #1 was a laundry aide at a nursing home. Employee #1 noticed a bad odor in the laundry room and set up a fan to provide ventilation. She notified Employee #2, the Charge Nurse. Employee #2 recognized the odor as chlorine gas and closed the door to the laundry room. Employee #1 and #2 were treated for dizziness, nausea and irritated mucous membranes. Upon investigation, it was determined that the closed system of cleaning chemicals mixed accidentally when a 1-in. diameter reinforced hose cracked and leaked. The mixture of sodium hypochlorite, phosphoric acid and citric acid combined and created chlorine gas.
Keywords: leak, citric acid, health care worker, sodium hypochlorite, health care facility, nausea, phosphoric acid, chlorine, dizziness, chemical
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 309934610 Non Hospitalized injury Other Licensed practical nurses
2 309934610 Non Hospitalized injury Other Laundering and dry cleaning machine operators

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