Substance which, while not corrosive, causes a temporary or reversible inflammation of living tissue (such as eyes, skin, or respiratory organs) by a chemical action at the point of contact. The effects of an irritant may be acute (due to a single high level exposure) or chronic (due to repeated low level exposures).

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  • All chemical and organic irritants such as cleaning products and diswasher detergents must be stored out of the reach of children and pets.

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  • You may have to deal with an irritant in your work place if you can not find any way to get rid of it.

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  • Getting soap in your eye isn't a big deal but its never fun. The common household cleaning aid doesn't have any lasting effects usually, but it is a big irritant.

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