11 December 2012 16:15 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--A chemical accident at a Novartis pharmaceuticals plant near ?xml:namespace>
The accident, at around 11:40 local time, was due to a leakage of thionyl chloride, officials said.
Six of the 13 workers suffered severe coughing and were hospitalised
The accident did not pose a danger surrounding residents, regional authorities said.
Novartis media officials could not immediately be reached for additional comment.
Exposure to thionyl chloride can cause injuries to skin and eyes, as well as the respiratory tract.
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