Chemical injuries

Many chemical injuries occur with common chemicals found in the home. They often involve splashes in the eyes or inhaling fumes when performing tasks like cleaning, painting and other household chores. Chemicals can also be mistaken for something drinkable. Chemicals can cause serious injuries, and it is important to act quickly if an accident occurs.

Things to consider when handling chemicals:

  • Use protective equipment, such as goggles and gloves.
  • Leave chemicals in their packaging to avoid confusion.
  • Keep hazardous chemicals out of the reach of children, and supervise the products when in use.
  • Be careful when mixing different chemical products, as they can react with each other and form dangerous gases.

If chemicals have been inhaled

  • Breathe fresh air and rest.
  • Contact the Poisons Information Centre ("Giftinformationscentralen") by calling112 or contact a doctor.
  • If a person who has inhaled chemicals has difficulty breathing or has lost consciousness, take them to hospital.

If chemicals come in contact with the skin

  • Flush immediately with plenty of water.
  • Wash with soap and water.
  • Remove clothing, watch, shoes and anything else that might get in the way.
  • Flush for at least 15 minutes or as long as the injured person is in pain.
  • Contact the Poisons Information Centre by calling 112 or contact a doctor.

If chemicals get into the eyes

  • Flush immediately with water for at least 5 minutes. Hold the eyelids apart so that the eyes are thoroughly flushed.
  • If symptoms persist, seek medical attention.
  • In case of contact with corrosive substances, such as acids and clog removers, flush with water for at least 15 minutes and go to a hospital. Continue flushing during transport to the hospital. 
  • Contact the Poisons Information Centre for advice on what to do.

Swedish Poisons Information Centre on first aid for poisoning