As someone who works as a janitor, you’re constantly surrounded by different chemicals. Those chemicals can be dangerous if you’re not cautious. Fortunately, you have experience and know what you can or cannot mix. You didn’t expect that you’d ever have any issues with bleach, because it’s such a common chemical that you’re positive about how you need to handle it.
Not long ago, your employer started to purchase a different kind of bleach with a higher, industrial concentration. You didn’t even think to check if the chemical had changed because you were just told that the bleach was coming from a new company. When you spilled it, you thought you’d have plenty of time to get to the bathroom and start rinsing your skin, but it started to burn almost immediately.
Bleach can cause burns when left on the skin
The speed at which bleach burns the skin depends on factors such as how long it has been on your skin and the concentration of the bleach you’re using. In this case, the industrial chemical began to burn almost immediately. As a caustic chemical, it began to eat away at your skin.
Bleach can cause minor, first-degree burns. It can also lead to serious second- or third-degree burns in some cases. When it’s on your skin, you need to quickly rinse it. Don’t rub it into the skin, and make sure to use cool or cold water while rinsing it off.
If bleach gets into your eyes, it could blind you. If you get bleach in your eyes, rinse them for at least 15 minutes and call 911.
Bleach is a hazard in any workplace. If you’re injured, workers’ compensation should be available and help you cover the costs associated with your care as well as your financial losses.