Poisons

Definition:

A poison is a substance which enters the body and can cause illness or death. It may act within a matter of seconds (e.g. carbon monoxide) or a matter of years (car pollution). There are four basic ways in which poison can enter the body; by swallowing, breathing, injecting, or absorbing.

Ingested Poisons:

Breathed/Inhaled Poisons:

Injected Poisons:

Absorbed Poisons:

WHMIS: Workplace Hazardous Material Information System is government regulated training that anyone working with chemicals needs to take. This is mandatory on many jobs and it is the responsibility of the employer to assure all employees are properly trained. In addition, it is the responsibility of the employer to make sure all employees have the proper equipment to perform their jobs properly and safely.

MSDS: Material Safety Data Sheet is written information on various products. Any workplace which deals with chemicals needs to have this information readily available.

Be aware of carbon monoxide as it can not be smelled, has no taste, and can not be seen. It can be produced by any engine (e.g. house furnace, car), or even a fireplace with poor ventilation. Every home should have a carbon monoxide detector. If the detector begins to sound you need to leave the house immediately and call the fire department from the neighbors house. Carbon monoxide poisoning makes you feel sleepy and drowsy and can have an effect in a matter of minutes so you arenít aware of what is happening.