GUIDE 158 INFECTIOUS SUBSTANCES
POTENTIAL HAZARDS
HEALTH
Inhalation or contact with substance may cause infection, disease, or death.
Runoff from fire control may cause pollution.
Note: Damaged packages containing solid CO2 as a refrigerant may produce water or frost from condensation of air. Do not touch this liquid as it could be contaminated by the contents of the parcel.
FIRE OR EXPLOSION
Some of these materials may burn, but none ignite readily.
Some may be transported in flammable liquids.
PUBLIC SAFETY
CALL Emergency Response Telephone Number on Shipping Paper first. If Shipping Paper not available or no answer, refer to appropriate telephone number listed on the inside back cover.
Isolate spill or leak area immediately for at least 10 to 25 meters (30 to 80 feet) in all directions.
Keep unauthorized personnel away.
Stay upwind.
Obtain identity of substance involved.
PROTECTIVE CLOTHING
Wear positive pressure self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).
Structural firefighters' protective clothing will only provide limited protection.
EMERGENCY RESPONSE
FIRE
Small Fires
Dry chemical, soda ash, lime or sand.
Large Fires
Use extinguishing agent suitable for type of surrounding fire.
Move containers from fire area if you can do it without risk.
Do not scatter spilled material with high pressure water streams.
SPILL OR LEAK
Do not touch or walk through spilled material.
Do not touch damaged containers or spilled material unless wearing appropriate protective clothing.
Absorb with earth, sand or other non-combustible material.
Cover damaged package or spilled material with damp towel or rag and keep wet with liquid bleach or other disinfectant.
DO NOT CLEAN-UP OR DISPOSE OF, EXCEPT UNDER SUPERVISION OF A SPECIALIST.
FIRST AID
Move victim to a safe isolated area.
CAUTION: Victim may be a source of contamination.
Call 911 or emergency medical service.
Remove and isolate contaminated clothing and shoes.
In case of contact with substance, immediately flush skin or eyes with running water for at least 20 minutes.
Effects of exposure (inhalation, ingestion or skin contact) to substance may be delayed.
For further assistance, contact your local Poison Control Center.
Ensure that medical personnel are aware of the material(s) involved, and take precautions to protect themselves.

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