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Old 04-05-2012, 09:36 AM
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I got some "industrial purple" all over my forearms at work today. Stung like hell, not its all blotchy and red, some areas a little swollen with a little blistering developing. It doesn't really hurt now. A little sting. I rinsed the area off well and whatnot. Should I seek further medical help or do y'all think its alright? I've never had to deal with a chemical burn before
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The MSDS says you should seek medical attention.

http://www.zepcommercial.com/msds/un...ish/ZU0856.pdf
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Blisters developing? Go to the doctor. It would help them immensely if you have the MSDS (material safety data sheet) for the product. What exactly is "industrial purple"?

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MSDS says to get medical attention immediately.

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Do you know what caused the burn? Did you wash it off? Did you report it to you supervisor? If not , do so. Find out what it wa sthat caused the burn and get some medical advice.

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I just looked at the MSDS. You have caustic(lye) burn. The EB doesn't help either it slows evaporation so it stayed on your skin longer. Treat as a burn.
I wouldn't pay an emegecey room costs, they will do the same thing
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This is the boating forum, you need to go over to the golfing forum for doctor advice.

If it's blistering, go to the doctor, you don't want to end up in pain at 2am covered with blisters
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I got burned years back with hydrofloric (sp?) acid on both hands. The stuff burns from the inside out and was very painful. Back in high school we were using ZEP straight that should have been diluted 50:1 for cleaning the millers and lathes prior to repainting. Again... not good stuff for the hands.

If I was you I'd be sure it was reported to the supervisor and I'd be heading to the ED.
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Coming from someone who has operated on many burns.....thermal, electrical, and chemical.....I'd say go to the ER now. The strength and time of exposure to the chemical is key, and from that manual it would appear that the NaOH is pretty strong. If there is any residual still on your skin, it will continue to cause damage. Good luck.
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I think its heavy duty degreaser. Did u have a cut on your arms that was irritated? I use degreaser all the time at work but never receive burns from the stuff. The acid we have is a different story.
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Coming from someone who has operated on many burns.....thermal, electrical, and chemical.....I'd say go to the ER now. The strength and time of exposure to the chemical is key, and from that manual it would appear that the NaOH is pretty strong. If there is any residual still on your skin, it will continue to cause damage. Good luck.
Any residule will wash off w/water
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This is the culprit:

I'm pretty sure I got it all off my skin. I just got back from talking to my friend's parents. They are doctors in a local ER. As of now, they said not to worry but keep an eye on it. If it opens up any more, go ER right away. Had I not been wearing gloves and safety goggles, this would have been a completely different story entirely.
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This is the culprit:

I'm pretty sure I got it all off my skin. I just got back from talking to my friend's parents. They are doctors in a local ER. As of now, they said not to worry but keep an eye on it. If it opens up any more, go ER right away. Had I not been wearing gloves and safety goggles, this would have been a completely different story entirely.
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You'll be alright, I've done it many times.
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SILVADENE CREAM!

Works real well.
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Originally Posted by Boatless33 View Post

I got some "industrial purple" all over my forearms at work today.

That there in red matters one hell of a lot more than it seems you realize. You need your butt at the doc's to get this event documented. If nothing more comes of it, power to you. But if something else materializes, as your ER friends suggested may happen ("keep on eye on it") you will be glad you did. I am surprised your employer isn't requiring you to go see a doctor, especially since you have blistering.
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That there in red matters one hell of a lot more than it seems you realize. You need your butt at the doc's to get this event documented. If nothing more comes of it, power to you. But if something else materializes, as your ER friends suggested may happen ("keep on eye on it") you will be glad you did. I am surprised your employer isn't requiring you to go see a doctor.
Has to be recorded on OSHA 200 form
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I wouldn't go to the ER, they'll probably fire ya.
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Sometimes you just have to wonder...
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Originally Posted by Eyeball View Post
That there in red matters one hell of a lot more than it seems you realize. You need your butt at the doc's to get this event documented. If nothing more comes of it, power to you. But if something else materializes, as your ER friends suggested may happen ("keep on eye on it") you will be glad you did. I am surprised your employer isn't requiring you to go see a doctor, especially since you have blistering.
They do drug tests for employees injured at the work place, correct?
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