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Ammonia is irritating and corrosive. Exposure to high concentrations of ammonia in air causes immediate burning of the nose, throat and respiratory tract. This can cause bronchiolar and alveolar edema, and airway destruction resulting in respiratory distress or failure.Chronic respiratory irritation, asthma, lung fibrosis, and dermatitis are just a few of the adverse consequences that employees may experience as a result of occupational exposure to ammonia or ammonia compounds. To improve safety in work settings containing this ubiquitous refrigerant, OSHA has created general industry safety requirements that protect both employees and employers. Students learn how to be safe in the presence of ammonia and ammonia-containing compounds, as well as what to do in the case of exposure, during the Ammonia Awareness for General Industry course.
Chronic respiratory irritation, asthma, lung fibrosis, and dermatitis are just a few of the detrimental effects workers face if overexposed to ammonia or ammonia compounds on the job. To promote safety in work environments where this common refrigerant is present, OSHA has established safety standards for general industry that protect employees and employers alike. During the Ammonia Awareness for General Industry course, students learn more about how to stay safe in the presence of ammonia and ammonia containing compounds as well as what to do in the event of exposure. This introductory online course addresses important topics in workplace best practices for ammonia exposure, including: An overview of ammonia and ammonia gas and their chemical properties Permissible exposure limits (PEL) Exposure-related health effects First aid after exposure How to identify sources of exposure through situational analysis Personal protective equipment (PPE) How to work safely with and near ammonia OSHA’s safety and health tips for ammonia refrigerant The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Pocket Guide for Ammonia With proper ammonia safety training, course participants can avoid injury on the job and promote a safer environment for all workers.
Ammonia Awareness for General Industry was designed for workers, supervisors, and managers in most general industry workplaces who may be exposed to ammonia in the course of their job duties.