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…..significant risk if the substance is transferable, for example, where the contaminant is on a person’s clothing.
It doesn’t have to be just a person who is contaminated. It may be a room, premises, or, if airborne, an entire region where the poisoning occurs in an industrial environment. Identifying the location that the event took place and taking action to limit the spread of contaminates. If required, move people away and cordon off the area. If available, use tape, cones, signage to make people aware of the danger. If airborne, be mindful of wind direction and ensure that identified safe areas are adopted, so the wind carries the poison away from the designated safe place and not towards it.
Tomorrow we continue looking at the management of a poisoning incident.
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