• Published: 11 Dec 2023

Chemical Handling – Eye Burn

Chemical Handling Eye Burn
Chemical Handling Eye Burn

Description of Incident

Vessel’s engineer was preparing equipment for treating fuel tanks with biocide. Correct PPE was used for the job, and a toolbox talk was carried out. A portable pneumatic pump was in use for this job. During checks of the pump, a small splash/spray was released from the hose, at the same time the Injured Person (IP) was by passing on the deck below. As a result, a few drops of biocide splashed on the IPs head. The IP was wearing safety glasses, however some of the chemical caused irritation in the IPs eye.

IP immediately went to workshop to wash his eyes with water, alerted the engineer who provided eyewash liquid and informed the bridge about incident. The Chief Officer provided first aid, and transport to the hospital was arranged.

The incident resulted in a small burn to the eye, and the IP was provided Antibiotic cream for several days.

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