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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.

Summary

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].

Conclusions

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

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