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Corrosive agents commonly ingested include strong acids like sulphuric acid and hydrochloric acid and strong alkalis like sodium hydroxide and Potassium Hydroxide.
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The Home Office has also commissioned scientists at the governments Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) to develop a portable kit so that police can test suspected corrosive substances on the street.
72 as Buying corrosive substances is currently legal, though the government has faced calls for stricter regulation in the wake of highly-publicised attacks.
North Wales Police take a robust stance against any person carrying, threatening or using any form of acid or corrosive substance with intent to cause harm.
After a flurry of high-profile incidents, the Government announced plans earlier this month to create a new offence of possession of a corrosive substance in public without a good or lawful reason.
The first aid guidance encourages those who first encounter a victim of a corrosive attack to report the attack by calling 999, carefully remove contaminated clothing and rinse the affected area with running water ('Report, Remove, Rinse').
The Government also intends to put in place measures that restrict the sale of corrosive substances.
Proposals to ensure acid and other corrosive substances can be classed as dangerous weapons are among the changes included in the shakeup.
Possession of acid or other corrosive substances with the intention to do harm can be treated as possession of an offensive weapon under the Prevention of Crime Act, which carries a four-year maximum penalty.
By taking advantage of the markedly diverse data patterns, it remains a straightforward task to pinpoint critical pipelines expected to have pre-existing corrosion damage (at peril of leaking), and similarly to classify non-critical pipelines that at no time have been exposed to a corrosive condition, which are candidates for reducing management cost.