Dealing With Hazardous Materials? 5 Rules For Workplace Safety

A lot of businesses in many industries rely on chemicals for their cleaning and sanitation protocols. However, that also means managing chemicals that might be potentially harmful, or worse, that could cause accidents, if improperly used. That’s why it’s important to learn the rules for managing these materials in the safest way possible

Rule #1: Follow procedures to the letter says the EHS. Never skip a step. Read procedures carefully so you won’t miss anything.

Rule #2: Plan ahead. Think of your steps carefully. Never handle those chemicals if you’re distracted or off kilter. You could end up causing an accident big enough to deal extensive damage to life and property.

Rule #3: Follow safety suggestions from the manufacturer. Manufacturers provide you with ample warning so learn what environments to avoid in order to prevent stored chemicals from causing any undue accidents. For instance, it’s essential to keep certain chemicals from heat sources. Otherwise, a reaction could happen and result in a fire.

Rule #4: Never compromise in quality. Protocols depend on the premise that you’ve got the right chemicals at hand. So don’t go for inferior or cheap alternatives that could potentially expose you, along with the rest of your team, to hazardous materials. Always insist on acquiring the best in terms of chemical supply. That’s one way to keep everyone at work safe.

Rule #5: Make sure all containers are properly sealed and labeled. Improperly labeled containers could lead to the use of the wrong chemicals, which could lead to damage or accidents, from leaving huge stains on your carpet or leaving pockmarks on the floor. It could even, in some cases, damage your equipment or tools beyond repair.

So know what you’re up against. Even simple chemical cleaning products, when used improperly, could deal a great deal of damage to lives or property so keep these tips in mind.