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First aid for chemicals
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Despite our best attempts to prevent them, accidents happen in every factory. When they do, serious injuries may still be prevented if employers make sure workers receive regular trainings in first aid and have the materials they need. One or more workers in every area (and for every shift) should be trained to take charge in an accident, to get people out safely, to give first aid, and to get more help if needed. Make someone responsible to check regularly that first aid supplies are fresh and fully stocked, and that equipment, such as showers and eye wash stations, are clean and functional.