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Spilled gas can pose hazard to human body, say experts

  • A drum of nitric acid fell at a building of Incepta Pharmaceuticals
  • 'Nitric acid can pose a great risk to the human body if it spreads in the air'


Update : 15 Apr 2024, 11:57 PM

Experts have said that the leakage of nitric acid at a factory of Incepta Pharmaceuticals in Dhaka's Dhamrai can lead to great health hazards.

Members of the Fire Service cleaned the factory floor following the leakage on April 11, the upazila administration told reporters. They said that the fire service had removed the leaked gas from the spot and that there was no risk after that. 

According to the fire service, a drum of nitric acid fell at a building of Incepta Pharmaceuticals at around 9pm on April 11, causing heavy smoke. However, five units of the fire service rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control.

However, experts fear that nitric acid can pose a great risk to the human body if it spreads in the air. 

Md Arju Mia, a professor at the Department of Chemistry of Jahangirnagar University, said that if the acid condenses, then it has the potential to do a lot of damage to the human body. But if it is diluted, then the damage will be relatively less. But the possibility of causing burns on the body remains. Any acid will burn the human skin, the expert said. 

He said that, if excessive acid fumes are inhaled, then they will also cause damage. It will cause more damage to those who have asthma. In that case, these people must see a doctor without delay. 

A day after the incident, Dhamrai Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Khan Md Abdullah Al Mamun said: “I am aware of the incident, and the situation was brought under control. There is no problem for now. The fire service has cleaned up the scene.”

Sirajul Islam Sheikh, officer-in-charge (OC) of Dhamrai police station, said that two containers of sulfuric acid and nitric acid had fallen to the ground. People had covered the acid with sand immediately. The fire service also went there.

Faizur Rashid, assistant administrative officer of Incepta Pharmaceuticals, said: “Our Bio Factory is a joint venture between Germany and Bangladesh. What happened was that one of the drums fell on the floor, causing smoke. The fire service arrived at the factory, and they brought it under control.”

Sohail Rana, station officer of Dhamrai Fire Service Station, said: “I went to the factory after receiving the news at night. A drum of nitric acid fell to the ground where it was kept. We did not use water so that the situation would not get worse. There was no fire, and it was an issue of chemicals. A total of five units, including three from Dhamrai, rushed to the factory.”

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