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Workplace Safety: Chemical Hazard Use

What are you doing to prevent chemical hazards in the workplace?

CHEMICAL HAZARD COMMUNICATION


Many workers are unaware of chemicals that create potential hazards in their work environment, making them more vulnerable to exposure and injury. 

Potential Hazards

  • Skin Irritations – Can be caused by allergies associated with soaps and chemicals.
  • Infections – Broken skin can become infected or burned from chemicals.
  • Burns – Caustic chemicals found in oven and drain cleaners, if misused, can cause burns to the face and eyes.
  • Respiratory Harm – Chlorine and ammonia can cause respiratory, skin and eye irritations and even death if mixed together.
  • Latex Allergies – Latex gloves, often worn to protect the skin, can cause an allergic reaction in some workers.
  • Carbon Dioxide (CO2) – Used to put “fizz” into fountain drinks, is a colorless and odorless gas that can cause death, if inhaled.  Early warning signs include headache, confusion and lethargy.

Protect Yourself

  • Read all labels and Safety Data Sheets (SDS) on the chemicals you are using for proper handling information.
  • Use personal protective equipment (PPE), such as goggles, gloves, and splash aprons to protect your body from splashes and spills.
  • Dilute chemicals to recommended concentrations.
  • Label all cleaning bottles to avoid risk of inadvertently combining chemicals.
  • Store non-compatible chemicals separately.
  • Use lower shelves to store chemicals to avoid the risk of spills/splashes to the eyes.
  • Report any damage of carbon dioxide (CO2) tanks to your Supervisor.

Contact the RPS Regency loss control team for more information:

Nathan Tipton | Risk Control Consultant | 517.664.2743 o | 248.579.9784 c | nathan_tipton@rpsins.com

Patrick Dunn | Risk Control Consultant | 517.664.2748 o | 616.325.4392 c | patrick_dunn@rpsins.com