Effects of and Response to Exposure to White Phosphorus

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Know the effects of exposure to white phosphorus and what to do in case of exposure. White phosphorus is a white/yellow waxy substance that smells like garlic. It is often used by armed forces in situations of conflict to illuminate battlefields or start fires. It ignites instantly when in contact with oxygen.

White phosphorus sticks to surfaces like skin and clothing and can cause deep and severe burns. When burning it causes dense, white and harmful smoke.

For more information on the effects of white phosphorous and how to provide immediate care for a person exposed to it, please refer to this leaflet produced by the Ministry of Public Health and the World Health Organization. For urgent lifesaving services, call NEXtCARE on đź“ž01504020.