What Makes Hydrogen Peroxide Hazardous?
Despite its usefulness in these applications, H₂O₂ poses serious hazards and health risks. H₂O₂ is a strong oxidizing agent and contact of the liquid with organic materials such as paper or oils can lead to fires, whereas contact with skin, eyes or mucous membranes can result in chemical burns. H₂O₂ vapor reacts similarly and breathing it can result in severe damage to the lungs and respiratory system. OSHA has promulgated permissible exposure limits for H₂O₂ vapor and several organizations have developed safety guidelines for using H₂O₂ in the workplace.
Common Symptoms of Exposure
Exposure to H₂O₂ can occur from inhalation or direct contact. Exceeding exposure limits can cause:
- Skin infection, redness, burns and irritation
- Excessive fluid buildup in the lungs
- Eye irritation and damage to the cornea
- Nose and throat irritation
- Headaches, dizziness, nausea and vomiting
- Hair discoloration and bleaching
Connect with a Product Expert
Need help determining which monitoring system best fits your needs? We can help!
Leading Brands Monitor for H₂O₂