In 1910, the Committee of the Chemical, Metallurgical and Mining Society of South Africa, appointed to investigate cyanide poisoning, recommend as an antidote to Cyanide Poisoning the following:
- Thirty cc of a 23 per cent, solution of ferrous sulphate.
- Thirty cc of a 5 per cent, solution of caustic potash.
- Two grams of powdered oxide of magnesium (light).
In every cyanide-room there should be kept three boxes, containing—
- A metal receptacle to hold about a pint, and a spoon.
- A blue hermetically sealed phial, containing 30 cc of a 33 per cent, solution of ferrous sulphate.
- A white phial, hermetically sealed, containing 30 cc of caustic potash.
- A packet of oxide of magnesium (light).
Preparation of Antidote
Quickly empty the contents of the blue phial, of the white phial, and of the magnesia