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I am working in my job lately with a chemical called Acticlor to clean hospitals and anywhere that has the norovirus the only breathing protection my company are giving me is a dust mask everytime I keep working with this stuff I keep suffering flu like symtoms and breathing difficultys for about 48-72 hours afterwards, to give you and idea we have been disinfecting a prison from the norovirus using 10 acticlor tablets in a 10 litre bucket and I have been getting bad breathing problems a cough like I have fluid on my left lung now they want me to do a hospital over 2 days using 80 tablets in a bucket is this safe? should I use this amount truth be told I have explained to my employer about my concerns about using this product they are not interested what I want to know with my current condition should I seek the advice of my doctor because I know the side effects of chlorine and I am scared to work with it but at the same time I don't want to get sacked help?


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replied December 18th, 2008
Lungs and Respiratory Disorders Answer A5093
Current medical status: I have been getting bad breathing problems a cough like I have fluid on my left lung, flu like symtoms these last from 48-72 hours everytime after I use this product.
Current medical treatment: lanproposal 30mg co-codomal 30/500


According to the symptoms you provided, your lungs might already be damaged or are extremely susceptible to chlorine. If the lungs are already damaged from previous conditions not related to your working environment, then a series of functional respiratory tests might be needed to determine the level of damage. The level of lung damage would then determine the quantity, if any, of any gases you are allowed to be exposed to without further complications.


The lungs might not have been previously damaged, but can still be affected by chlorine. The chlorine might cause inflammation and symptoms similar to asthma that would make the breathing harder. Chronic exposure to such gases might lead to chronic damage of the lungs and should be avoided.


You might want to consult with your family doctor or occupational health specialist. Each country has its own regulations about the recommended measures that are needed to be taken in order to save the worker's health. You might want to talk about these regulations with an occupational health specialist.


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