Awareness, education, sound processes, and thorough safety protocols can help prevent chemical spills and enhance workplace safety.
The CDC notes that in the workplace chemical substances that have the ability to create a physical or health hazard are considered hazardous. Awareness, education, sound processes and thorough safety protocols can help prevent chemical spills and enhance workplace safety.
Typical hazardous substances might be toxic, corrosive, flammable, self-reactive, oxidizing or explosive. Staff in a huge range of industries and functions might be exposed to dangerous chemicals in various ways including accidental inhalation, ingestion or absorption through skin surfaces.
You can find great resources here from the CDC on Hazard Management, and our five top tips are:
1 Provide clear labelling using both words and diagrams on all hazardous substances and equipment used for storage, transportation and transfer.
2 Provide clear and detailed safety data sheets that are obvious and available for all staff and visitors, as well as having copies stored in a central location. Safety data sheets must include:
3 Ensure chemicals are stored in appropriate robust containers, following these best practices:
4 Ensure safe and accurate transfer of fluids from storage containers to usage vessels as this is a key situation where accidents can occur. Recommended procedures include:
5 Provide spill kits and pallets in appropriate areas to ensure if any accidents or spillages occur they can be dealt with quickly and effectively to lessen risks of skin contact, inhalation or ingestion.
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