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Industry Standards and Best Practices
The word “poison” is a general term used to describe a substance that can cause illness or death. Poisons can include many things, including medicines, drugs, household products, workplace chemicals, plant and animal toxins, and gases. Poisons can be ingested, inhaled, injected, or absorbed into the body. This course explains what poisons are, lists some common poisons, gives tips for preventing exposure to poisons, explains the importance of contacting a Poison Control Center in the event of a poisoning, and explains first aid procedures for poison exposures.
People can be exposed to poisonous toxins in many ways, including by inhaling a toxin.
A poison can be many things including toxins released from mushrooms or plants.
It’s important to know the steps of providing first aid for poisoning before a poisoning occurs at work
What does the word “poison” mean?A poison is a general term for a substance that can cause harm.
What are some examples of poisons?The following can be poisons in some circumstances: medications, drugs, chemicals found at work or home, toxins from plants and mushrooms, toxins from animals, and more.
How are people exposed to poisons?Possible routes of exposure include inhalation, ingestion, injection, and absorption.
What is the American Association of Poison Control Centers?These are the experts on poisonings. You should always contact the American Association of Poison Control Centers if someone has been exposed to a poison.
Is it OK to summon emergency medical assistance (such as by calling 911) in addition to calling the American Association of Poison Control Centers?Yes, but always remember to call your Poison Control Center if you suspect someone has been poisoned.
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