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How Mercaptans Affect Health
If there is a leakage or a spill of mercaptans, workers may develop headaches and become nauseated and vomit. There may be coughing and irritation of the lungs and inflammation of the eyes, nose and throat.
If the concentration is very high, the worker may have difficulty breathing and may turn blue -medically described as "cyanosis". The worker may then lose consciousness and have generalized muscle spasms.
Originally posted by Rodinus
The French interior minister yesterday said that there was no need to panic and apart from the unpleasant smell this gas had no effect on the publics health.
Not very much is known about the dangers of mercaptans...
Experts at the Health Protection Agency’s Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards in Oxfordshire were scrambled to investigate.
But they established that the gas had dissipated so much in is journey from France that it was unlikely to cause harm.