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Arsenic Poisoning

Last updated: May 18, 2017

What Does Arsenic Poisoning Mean?

Arsenic is a naturally occurring element that combines with other elements to create arsenic compounds. In certain workplaces and in occupations related to hazardous waste, workers may be exposed to high concentrations of arsenic that can lead to death in cases of severe exposure. In cases of lower level, sustained exposure, poisoning may cause skin discoloration or warts.

Safeopedia Explains Arsenic Poisoning

OSHA regulations specify that workers who are exposed to certain levels of arsenic undergo medical inspections on a regular basis. Additional safety precautions depend on the context of exposure. For example, welders may be exposed to arsenic fumes, and, in certain contexts, may be required to make use of a respirator. Coveralls, eye protection, gloves and other forms of personal protective equipment may be required depending on the level of arsenic a worker will be exposed to during the performance of specific tasks.


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