Making Sense of MSDS Terminology, Part 7

Know the different ways a toxin may be absorbed.

You can absorb a toxin through the skin, by swallowing it, or by breathing it. On a Material Data Sheet, those last two are referred to as ingestion and inhalation, respectively.

You can reduce the ingestion hazard by reducing exposure in the first place. For example, don’t eat or drink where the toxin may be present, don’t put your hands in your mouth, wear the recommended PPE, and wash thoroughly after possible exposure (including exposure that may occur during the remov

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