Consider the following hypothetical scenarios of workplace emergency decontamination incidents involving hazardous materials:
A pressurized hose recirculating potassium gold cyanide into a clean room electroplating bath breaks loose from the clamps holding it against the bath wall. The hose whips around and sprays the corrosive liquid onto a nearby employee. She hits the emergency "off" button, and as the chaos quiets, she and her coworkers realize she is standing in a puddle of plat-ing solution, with the liquid dripping from her clean-room clothing. Her first impulse is to go change her clothes in the locker room, but her supervisor orders her to an enclosed emergency shower stall with a drain. She walks from the puddle to the shower, trailing a path of wet footprints.
At another company, an employee loses his hold of a heavy product and drops it into an acid etching tank. The full-front apron, gloves, face shield and goggles protect him from the splashing acid. But, his coworker who has his back turned feels the acid splash on his back, buttocks and legs at the gaps between his apron ties. He pulls the handle of the emergency shower, an open unit against the wall, and removes his clothing as acid and rinse water cascade across the floor.
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