• Assess the scene.  Gather any information about the suspected poison.
  • Assess the casualty’s responsiveness.
  • If casualty is responsive, call the National Poison Centre on 0861 555 777.
  • Answer any questions and follow their advice on first aid.
  • If the casualty is unresponsive, call for medical help i.e. an ambulance.
  • If breathing has stopped START CPR.  Check for poisonous material around the mouth first.  Use a barrier device (face-shield).
  • Place the unconscious breathing casualty into the recovery position.
  • Monitor the casualty until medical help takes over.


  • DO NOT let the casualty drink anything unless told to do so by the Poison Info Centre.
  • NEVER make the casualty vomit unless told to do so by the Poison Info Centre.
  • If the casualty is conscious, wipe poisonous or corrosive material from the casualty’s mouth and face and rinse out the mouth if necessary.

A downloadable and printable infographic of this information can be found here.

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