Hazardous chemicals are more common in home and work environments than we realize. The need for chemical decontamination arises when chemicals become toxic, ignitable, corrosive or reactive in some way. Interacting with hazardous chemicals creates a dangerous and sometimes deadly environment.
Chemicals are commonly present in many work environments. Manufacturers, construction, equipment repair, laboratories, wood shops, photofinishing and auto repair shops are common work environments where hazardous chemicals might be present. Chemicals such as acids, dry cleaning waste, heavy metals, lead-acid batteries, pesticides, formaldehyde, spent solvents and ignitable paints are some of the hazardous chemicals often found.
Household products can damage your health or cause fires and explosions as well. Cleaning products, art supplies, degreasing solvents, garage supplies and office materials can be hazardous. Common hazardous materials are bleach, ammonia, anti-freeze, drain cleaners, motor oil and air fresheners.
Chemical decontamination becomes necessary when hazardous chemicals cause harm. Some situations may be acute such as an explosion or spill. Immediate action is required. Other situations are slow and consistent such as seeping chemicals or leaking packaging. Often people don’t know harmful chemicals are present until symptoms are present. Common symptoms are skin irritation, serious burns, injuries from explosions and poisoning incidents. Chemical decontamination is the process of removing or neutralizing contaminants that can be harmful to personnel and equipment.
Bio Management Northwest has trained technicians to handle chemical decontamination projects. Whether it’s a home, business or industrial setting Bio Management Northwest is prepared to provide safe and effective decontamination Services.
Chemical decontamination is time consuming work. First, detection methods are used to learn exactly what the situation is and what risks are present. Proper clothing and equipment is needed to protect technicians while working in the hazardous situation. Chemical decontamination may involve removal of hazardous chemicals, detoxification or sterilization. Bio Management Northwest works with the client to understand the situation and develop the proper plan for managing the decontamination process.
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