Severe alkali burns from beer line cleaners warrant mandatory safety guidelines

Annette K Hoskin, Stephen J Dain and David A Mackey
Med J Aust 2015; 202 (2): . || doi: 10.5694/mja14.01104
Published online: 2 February 2015

To the Editor: Chemical burns from alkaline cleaning chemicals in the workplace can cause some of the most devastating and blinding ocular injuries, as noted by Samarawickrama and colleagues.1 Protection from alkalis is particularly important as these compounds are capable of deep penetration, especially in the cornea, and tissue destruction continues long after the initial exposure.2

  • 1 University of Western Australia, Perth, WA.
  • 2 University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW.


Competing interests:

Annette Hoskin receives compensation as a consultant to EYRES Safety Optics.


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