Large quantities of toxic industrial chemicals are manufactured, stored, and transported throughout the U.S. every day. Companies in over 30 different industries utilize toxic chemicals for a wide range of products.
Industrial chemicals are hazardous because of their ability to harm workers in multiple ways. For instance, a chemical in a gas state can be hazardous to breathe and lead to respiratory complications. Likewise, that same chemical can also cause severe skin burns and pain instantly on contact. Furthermore, when mixed with air, water, chemicals, or organic materials, the same chemical can erupt into an explosion or ignite and start a massive fire quickly.
Below, we explore three common industrial chemicals that are highly toxic and what protective clothing you need to adequately shield yourself from the chemicals.
1. Nitric Acid (HNO3)
hydrogen (1), nitrogen (1), oxygen (3)
Nitric acid is a highly corrosiv