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Preventing Chemical Accidents:  Understanding MSDS’s & Assessing Chemical Hazards

Factsheet #2 continued

Absorption of Chemicals by Your Body

Chemicals can enter your system by being absorbed through the skin.  In fact, as the chart below shows, when it comes to absorption through the skin, different parts of your body absorb chemicals at very different rates.  (If you are working with chemicals you should wash your hands BEFORE and after using the bathroom!)

*For men (studies of female workers yet to be done).  

Source: E. Hodgson and P.E. Levi, A Textbook of Modern Toxicology, Second Edition.  Stamford: Appleton & Lange, 1997, pg. 36-40.

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