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Chemical poisoning

Important

Before helping someone, it's important to protect yourself from any poisoning so you don't become a victim.

If someone has swallowed a chemical or poison, contact the Poison Information Service immediately. The Poison Information Service is free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Phone 0800 POISON (0800‑764‑766) or seek medical advice from another health professional.

Phone 111 and ask for an ambulance if:

How to tell if someone has been exposed to a poisonous chemical

Chemical poisoningIf someone has been exposed to a poisonous chemical:

Helping someone who has swallowed a poisonous chemical

Helping someone who has breathed in a chemical or poison

Helping someone with chemicals or poison on their skin

Helping someone with chemicals or poison in their eyes

See Chemicals in the eye for advice.

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed November 2019.

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