Penetration of a chemical substance, a pathogen, or radiant energy through the skin or mucous membrane that occurs when the chemicals are transported from the outer surface of the skin into the systemic circulation.

  • NOTE: Should this occur, the chemical then moves through the circulatory system, which depending on the properties of the chemical could cause organ damage or illness.

Source: API RP 98, Personal Protective Equipment Selection for Oil Spill Responders, First Edition, August 2013. Global Standards

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