Category: Chemicals

Today’s workplace uses thousands of chemicals, many of which are hazardous. The resources in this section will help guide you in the safe and legal identification, storage, transport, and use of these chemicals, and in making sure that your employees right to know how to be safe around such substances is provided, as required by law.

Chemical Safety Questions? Read the Label!

On Wednesday and Thursday, we looked at ways to protect workers’ skin from chemical and other workplace hazards. Today our Safety Training Tips editor discusses the importance of reading — and understanding — chemical warning labels. OSHA requires labels on chemical containers. The Hazard Communication Standard requires chemical manufacturers and distributors to label chemical containers […]

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Skin Protection: What Employers Must Do

Yesterday we saw how frequent hand washing may lead to a higher incidence of contact dermatitis (an irritation of the skin caused by chemicals). We turn now to the larger issue of skin protection in general, and look at a resource that explains your legal obligations as well as best practices for limiting occupational skin […]

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Hand Washing: How Much Is Too Much?

“Wash your hands!” your mom exhorted. And now you, as a safety professional, probably preach that to your workforce – you know that good hand hygiene is a fundamental of workplace safety. But where do you draw the line? In the healthcare setting, frequent hand washing is essential to prevent the spread of potentially serious […]

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Act Quickly … and Safely … When a Chemical Spill Occurs

The old saying “don’t cry over spilled milk” applies to hazardous chemical spills, too. So don’t cry. Instead, says our Safety Training Tips editor, take these steps, and take them quickly and carefully! Health and lives could be in the balance. Put simply, a major spill can be catastrophic. Released in large quantities, hazardous chemicals […]

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