and impermeable gloves should be worn at all times to prevent eye and skin contact. Containers of phosgene solutions should be stored in secondary containers, and phosgene cylinders should be stored in a cool, well-ventilated area separate from incompatible materials.


In the event of skin contact, immediately wash with soap and water and remove contaminated clothing. In case of eye contact, promptly wash with copious amounts of water for 15 min (lifting upper and lower lids occasionally) and obtain medical attention. If phosgene is ingested, obtain medical attention immediately. If phosgene is inhaled, move the person to fresh air and seek medical attention at once.

In case of the accidental release of phosgene gas, such as from a leaking cylinder or associated apparatus, evacuate the area and eliminate the source of the leak if this can be done safely. Remove cylinder to a fume hood or remote area if it cannot be shut off. In the event of a spill of a phosgene solution, soak up the solution with a spill pillow or absorbent material, place in an appropriate container, and dispose of properly. Full respiratory protection and protective clothing will be necessary in the event of a spill or release in a confined area.


Excess phosgene and waste material containing this substance should be placed in an appropriate container, clearly labeled, and handled according to your institution's waste disposal guidelines. For more information on disposal procedures, see Chapter 7 of this volume.

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