Because the use of chlorine is so widespread, you may not think of chlorine as a dangerous chemical. However, in 2005, an incident in Graniteville, S.C., resulted in 18 freight train cars derailing and releasing 120,000 pounds of chlorine gas. 1,400 people were exposed, resulting in 550 hospitals visits, many with serious lung injuries. 5,000 people were evacuated from the surrounding area. Nine were killed.
As you can see, chlorine is a dangerous chemical that must be used with caution. Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:
Recognize the physical hazards of chlorine in the workplace
Identify the health hazards of chlorine exposure
Identify exposure controls to protect against chlorine hazards
Identify how to respond to a chlorine spill or release