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    Safety Tips | Chemical safety | Industrial hygiene

    Ensure safety with hazardous materials

    September 1, 2011

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    Working with chemicals and solvents in the workplace can expose workers to a host of health hazards. Being properly trained in how to handle these hazardous materials is vital.

    Canada-based WorkSafe BC offers the following safety tips for mitigating hazards when working with hazardous materials:

    • Read the label and the Material Safety Data Sheets for chemicals present in the workplace.
    • Use non-toxic, non-flammable products whenever possible. Ask your employer to consider replacing flammable, toxic materials with safer alternatives if available.
    • When handling hazardous materials:
      • Use the chemical only as directed.
      • Use personal protective equipment as recommended by manufacturers and required by your employer. These could include protective clothing, rubber gloves, goggles and faceshields.
      • Be sure you are working in an adequately ventilated area with approved fire protection.
      • Do not perform hot work where flammable chemicals are used or stored.
      • Check that first aid is readily available.
    • Store chemicals in a properly ventilated, locked area and post warning signs.

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