can occur at higher inhalation levels. NIOSH considers it to be a potential human
carcinogen [Ref. 13].
Exposure to all these chemicals should be limited. If they are used, it is extremely
vital to ensure that all safety precautions are taken. Additionally, chlorinated chemicals
that are byproducts of reactions should be monitored daily to prevent any excess from
being produced unnecessarily.
Chloride is essential for human metabolism and maintaining electrical neutrality
in the body. It is most common in the salt form of NaCl. Chlorine is helpful and harmful
to society. It is a dangerous gas that has high reactivity, and therefore cannot exist in just
element form. Chlorine needs to be used in a way that poses no health risks. It is
important to follow the exposure limits and wear the proper safety equipment to prevent
unnecessary inhalation and dermal contact. Many chlorine compounds are also
carcinogenic. These should be handled with extra precautions.
Prevention is crucial when handling any chemicals. Pay particular attention to the
safety and toxicology reports of all chlorinated chemicals. It is a reasonable argument to
want to remove chlorine from society because of the health hazards it poses. However,
“elements cannot be banned. Elements simply are” [Ref. 8].
Imagine life without plastics. With that said, all forms of chlorine are important for
humans to live and to facilitate their lifestyles. There are many ongoing research projects
to determine the health effects of chlorine because it has become such a prevalent
chemical in society. Many of these studies are conducted by National Toxicology