First Aid (Preview)

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Eye Contact

There are a number of ways to mitigate exposure to Hydrogen Peroxide.

  • Immediately flush eyes with plenty of water, for minimum of 15 minutes
  • Obtain immediate medical attention (ophthalmologist)

Chemical splash goggles are essential when dealing with H2O2

  • Best type are the non vented type but, they are not user friendly due to fogging
  • You can use labyrinth type vented goggles
  • DO NOT use foam backed goggles as the foam acts as an absorbent

Skin Contact

Remove contaminated clothing and shoes Immediately flush skin with plenty of water, for minimum of 15 minutes If safety shower not available use any continuous water supply

  • Get medical attention immediately
  • Thoroughly wash clothing and protective equipment after use
  • Discard if damaged

The most common exposure to H2O2 is to a persons hands from gloves which have lost their integrity and allow Peroxide to contact the hands

  • This causes whitening of the skin
  • A mild skin irritation
  • Use plenty of water to wash the affected area
  • Never use soaps or detergents (incompatible)

Inhalation of Vapours

  • Put on appropriate protective gear and remove person immediately from the area of exposure into fresh air
  • Get immediate medical attention if breathing is difficult

If exposed to peroxide vapours get to fresh air

  • Take long deep breaths
  • Exhale as much air from your lungs as possible with each breath
  • DO NOT take short quick breaths as this will lead to hyperventilation


Unlikely, but if someone should accidentally ingest some hydrogen peroxide; and if the person is completely conscious:

  • Have victim drink plenty of water but only in small portions (for dilution purposes)
  • If swallowed, do NOT induce vomiting, as it may enter lungs and cause severe burning. Call a physician or poison control centre immediately

Should ingestion of H2O2 occur, drink copious quantities of water A minimum 8-10 glasses should be drunk, this:

  • Dilutes the peroxide
  • Cools the peroxide
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