Sunday, December 10, 2023

What is acrylonitrile, a substance stolen in Jalisco and with 8 states on alert?

A cargo ship with acrylonitrile was stolen in Jalostotitlán, Jalisco, so the National Coordination of Civil Protection of the Secretariat of Security and Citizen Protection issued an alert to the Civil Protection units of the state, as well as to nearby entities like Nayarit. , Zacatecas, Aguascalientes, Guanajuato, San Luis Potosí, Michoacán and Colima.

This is 30.5 tons of acrylonitrile transported by a Kenworth tractor truck, model 2021, economy number 386, SPF plates 76AR6S in red and TA logos, with a stainless steel tank.

The unit was stolen on October 10, at the Jalostotitlán federal booth on Highway 80D, near the municipality of Jalostotitlán, Jalisco.

What is acrylonitrile and how to protect yourself?

Acrylonitrile is a colorless liquid, with a slightly sweet and pungent odor, which is easily soluble in water. It will explode and burn.

If inhaled it can irritate the respiratory tract, effects on the central nervous system, such as headache, insomnia, nausea, and fatigue; effects on the gastrointestinal tract, such as vomiting and diarrhea; liver effects: breathing problems, loss of consciousness, seizures, and death.

If swallowed, it can irritate the mouth, throat, and gastrointestinal tract; and affect the central nervous system, respiratory problems, loss of consciousness: convulsions, and death.

Eye Contact: Causes serious eye damage and irritation.

Skin contact will leave irritation from the liquid (blisters, burns), and the compound can enter the body through the skin.

First-aid measures

Eye contact: Rinse immediately with running water for at least 20 minutes, periodically lifting the upper and lower eyelids.

Dermal Contact: Move the victim to the nearest shower, and remove the clothing from the affected areas as soon as possible to avoid poisoning from the vapors that may occur. Wash the area with soap and water. Dry thoroughly with sterile gauze. If the skin becomes inflamed and painful, cover it with a blanket and take the victim to the hospital.

Inhalation: Remove the victim to fresh air. If breathing is difficult, give medical oxygen. If breathing has stopped, give artificial respiration (avoid the mouth-to-mouth method). Seek immediate medical attention.

Ingestion: Induce vomiting, give the victim a large glass of water containing 1 percent sodium thiosulfate.

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