Immediate emergency treatment may be required after an individual has been exposed to a hazardous chemical during an accident or spillage. Even a minor chemical accident may result in the release of considerable amounts of hazardous material in the form of solids, liquids or gases. These may be dangerous both to the casualties and to those who have to deal with them and the incident itself.

As far as possible, chemical incidents should be anticipated, ie preparations should be made for dealing with any conceivable emergencies.

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