Definition - What does Irritant mean?
An irritant is a chemical that may cause damage to the ears, eyes and airways after just one exposure. The injuries that result may range from tiny, invisible injures after the exposure to chemical burns. Repeated exposure over a period of time may lead to long term heath effects, including eczema and asthma. Such chemical products can be found in all sectors and occupations. Irritants can be identified by their labeling.
Safeopedia explains Irritant
Commonly used irritants include soaps and detergents, solvents, acids, welding fumes and wood dust. The ongoing health effects caused by an irritant may cause a worker to leave his job. An irritant may also aggravate a pre-existing condition. The effects of chemical irritants on the skin include a rash on the skin that causes redness and itching. Contact dermatitis or eczema is the most common ongoing effect.This may result in blistering, rashes, pain, itching and scaling.