On any given day, first responders may deal with thousands of chemicals. The ones in question are rarely encountered in the safety of a laboratory. To speed up response strategies with extinguishment, environmental, or medical support, responding personnel need basic chemical knowledge when encountering a hazardous unknown. In FLIR PRIMED episode 37, Grant Coffey breaks down the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) system, which includes general science principles that should be part of every team’s emergency response toolbox. Watch episode 37 and download the SDS.
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