Adults account for less than 30 percent of exposures, but are almost 90 percent of the deaths from poisonings. A significant number of these are related to medication. Exposure to hazardous chemicals may also occur at work.
Workplaces can have hazardous chemicals on site, for which they receive Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) from the chemical manufacturers and distributors. These MSDS are written to ensure that workers and employers have access to practical information on chemical hazards to help them prevent work-related illness and disease. Workplaces can also have every day materials that can be hazardous.