Chemical Safety

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Virtually all professions use some type of chemical in the work environment, each having its own unique set of hazards associated with its use.

Chemicals can have surprising health implications when used or stored incorrectly. Or, when used in conjunction with each other. What’s more, many of the conditions caused by chemicals don’t show up until later in life, making it even more important workers protect themselves now.

Labelling systems and communication strategies have been created to help workers identify chemicals and the hazards associated with them, like: WHMIS, GHS and HAZCOM.

When used correctly, chemicals can make the workplace a safe and sanitary one, but educating workers on chemical safety is the only way this can happen.

Use these resources to help workers identify the chemicals being used in your organization, how to properly handle them, and the risks associated with using them incorrectly.

Meeting Kits

Can You Do the Chemical Splash Dash?

If a chemical splashed onto your skin or into your eye, could you get to a safety shower or eyewash station quickly?

The time to consider that question is now, not when you are faced with an emergency. You need to know where this equipment is located, the shortest route to reach it and how to use it effectively.

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Don’t Experiment With Safety in a Laboratory

Laboratories harbor fire and explosion hazards, and radiation hazards. There may be high-powered equipment which could cause cuts, entanglement or electrocution. There also could be biohazardous materials which can cause fatal diseases.

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Chemical Burns

Occasionally, people are accidentally exposed to harmful chemicals. If that happens, immediate steps should be taken. Chemicals can cause serious or deadly injuries. Prompt first aid is vital to keeping any damage to a minimum.

If you work with chemicals, make sure that you are familiar with the first aid required in case of exposure. This information is located on the chemical label and on the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). You should also know the location and operation of safety showers and eyewash stations.

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Chemical Burns Require Quick Response

Occasionally, people are exposed accidentally to harmful chemicals. If that happens, immediate steps should be taken. Chemicals can cause serious or deadly injuries. Prompt first aid is vital to keeping any damage to a minimum.

If you work with chemicals, make sure you are familiar with the first aid required in case of exposure. This information is located on the chemical label and on the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). You should also know the location and operation of safety showers and eyewash stations.

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4 Ways to Prepare for the GHS

Someone in the company will need to spearhead efforts to transition to the GHS. That person should probably be the safety or EHS coordinator. However, that person may need to work with a team of representatives from the affected parts of the company. Transition to GHS will affect each company differently depending on its operations. For example, the transition will be more challenging for a company that manufactures chemical products than for a company whose workers simply use a few chemical products in their jobs. Thus, a chemical manufacturer may need a full blown GHS transition team.

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Know Your Chemical Cleaners

Cleaning carts can be a source of coughing, wheezing, headaches or dizziness for healthcare workers. Breathing respiratory irritants in cleaning, sterilizing and disinfecting products make you sensitive to them. Cleaning products can burn skin and eyes.

It would be difficult to remove grease, stains, mineral crusting or biological contamination without cleaning products. Chemicals wash dishes, strip or buff floors, disinfect furniture and sterilize instruments.

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Safety Videos

How To Comply With The Globally Harmonized System (GHS) Safety Video

The Globally Harmonized System (GHS) is an international approach to hazard communication, providing agreed criteria for classification of chemical hazards, and a standardized approach to label elements and safety data sheets. This video explains how to comply, without changing your entire HAZCOM program. The topics in this program include: changes to hazcom, hazard classifications, labels, pictograms, the new safety data sheets (SDS).

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GHS – Hazard Communications Safety Video

This video fully explains the new (GHS) Globally Harmonized System and how it is to be integrated with your current HAZCOM program. The video fully explains the key points of the change, replacement of MSDS with the new SDS, new symbols and labels, plus new classification. This program trains employees, supervisors and management on the elements of the new system.

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Hazard Communication Safety Video

In today’s litigious society, we begin to take cautions, warnings and disclaimers from manufacturers’ with a touch of skepticism or disregard. When it comes to hazardous chemicals in the work place, words, colors and symbols mean something. Not only is it your workers’ right, it is their responsibility to know what they mean. This program will teach your employees to recognize and understand the different means of communication used to identify hazardous chemicals.

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Online Courses

Asbestos Awareness

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral with excellent heat- and fire-resistant properties. Throughout the 20th century, asbestos was commonly used in building materials, pipe coatings, flooring, paint and texturing, and many other applications. Unfortunately, inhaling asbestos fibers can cause asbestosis, a chronic – and often fatal – lung disease. Fortunately, U.S. manufacturing began phasing out asbestos in the 1970s. However, there are still many buildings, homes and commercial facilities that contain Asbestos-Containing Building Materials (ACBMs). This course will give workers an overview of asbestos safety, including how asbestos exposure can happen, the negative health effects of asbestos exposure, and common safety practices they must follow to avoid exposure. This course is presented in English and Spanish.

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Basic Chemical Safety

There are nearly six hundred and fifty thousand chemical products available today, and hundreds more introduced every year. OSHA estimates about thirty-two million employees work with at least one chemical hazard every day. Employees who take this course will learn how to identify hazards associated with different chemicals, how to identify those hazards based on container labeling, how to properly use personal protective equipment, and safe storage and cleanup procedures. This course is intended for general-industry employees who work with or around hazardous chemicals on a regular basis. It will also aid employers in meeting several standards found under OSHA’s Hazardous Materials Standard.

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GHS

In 2012, OSHA updated the Hazard Communication (HAZCOM) standard to require the use of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). GHS is exactly what it sounds like, a global, unified system for classifying chemical hazards and presenting hazard information in a uniform way on chemical containers, safety data sheets, and other hazard communication documents. Employees who need HAZCOM training under the OSHA standard must now also be trained over the requirements of GHS, and must be familiar with the symbols and label formats they are likely to encounter as GHS is implemented. During this course, employees will learn about the new label and safety data sheet requirements in the standard, as well as answers to common questions about the standard. This course is intended for employees in any industry who have already received OSHA compliant HAZCOM training, but who still need to be trained over the recent GHS update. This course alone will not fulfill the HAZCOM training requirement. Employees who have not yet received HAZCOM training should take one of our Hazard Communication courses, all of which incorporate information about GHS. This course is presented in both English and Spanish.

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Hexavalent Chromium

Hexavalent chromium is a toxic form of chromium used in pigments, metal coating, wood preservatives, fungicides, and several other products and manufacturing processes. When used correctly, chromium is a versatile element, but hexavalent chromium is a known carcinogen and inhalation hazard. Employees who take this course will display the ability to recognize the basic properties of hexavalent chromium, its hazards, and OSHA’s recommended and required exposure limits/safe work practices. This course is designed for employees working in jobs where hexavalent chromium exposure is a potential hazard, and can assist employers in meeting OSHA’s hazardous materials, PPE, environmental, welding and toxic substances standards.

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WHMIS 2015

It has been estimated that one in four Canadian workers work with and are exposed to one or more hazardous chemicals at work each day. There are approximately 650,000 existing chemical products available today, and hundreds more are introduced annually. Learners who successfully complete this course will be able to recognize and carry out his or her fundamental responsibilities to work safely with or near hazardous chemicals as required by the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS). This course is intended for employees in Canada who may use, handle or be exposed to hazardous chemicals as part of their job duties.

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