11 Ways Employees Can Prevent Chemical Exposures

Do your employees know how to handle hazardous materials safely to prevent exposures? Here are 11 simple measures that can keep them safe.

Although different types of hazardous materials may require special handling procedures, a number of important safety rules apply to the handling of all hazardous substances. Here are 11 with which your employees should be familiar:

  1. Follow all established procedures and to work precisely as you’ve been trained.
  2. Be cautious and plan ahead. Think about what could go wrong and pay close attention to what you’re doing while you work.
  3. Always use required PPE—and inspect it carefully before each use to make sure it’s safe to use.
  4. Make sure that all containers are properly labeled and that the material is contained in an appropriate container. Don’t use any material not contained or labeled properly. Report any damaged containers or illegible labels to your supervisor right away.
  5. Read the label and the safety data sheet (SDS) before using any material to make sure you understand hazards and precautions.
  6. Use all materials solely for their intended purpose. Don’t, for example, use solvents to clean your hands, or gasoline to wipe down equipment.
  7. Never eat or drink while handling any materials, and if your hands are contaminated, don’t use cosmetics or handle contact lenses.
  8. If it is necessary to identify a material, do not taste or smell it. Read the label, refer to the SDS, or take a sample for analysis.
  9. Know emergency procedures and equipment. Knowing emergency procedures means knowing evacuation procedures, emergency reporting procedures, and procedures for dealing with fires and spills. It also means knowing what to do in a medical emergency if a co-worker is injured or overcome by chemicals.
  10. Store all materials properly, separate incompatibles, and store in ventilated, dry, cool areas.
  11. Keep yourself and your work area clean. After handling any material, wash thoroughly with soap and water. Clean work surfaces at least once a shift so that contamination risks are minimized.

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To prevent hazardous reactions with any of these substances, employees should:

  • Know how chemical reactions might be initiated, such as by heat, contamination, inadvertent mixing, impact, friction, electrical short, etc. They should check the safety data sheet (SDS) for information.
  • Know how to recognize when an uncontrolled reaction is taking place when reactive chemicals are intentionally mixed in manufacturing processes.
  • Understand the consequences of a reaction such as toxic gas release, fire, or explosion.
  • Identify safeguards to prevent uncontrolled reactions from taking place.
  • Know how to respond properly if an uncontrolled reaction takes place.
  • Know segregation rules for storing reactive chemicals so that they do not come in contact with any substance that could cause a reaction.

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