What You Should Know About Risk This Year
Using Hazardous Substances
You can tell a good is dangerous if it is corrosive, flammable, explosive, combustible, toxic, oxidizing or reactive in water. These goods must be identified in workplaces through different symbols. Hazard substances can be in a form of solid, liquid or gas. Hazardous substances can be acute or chronic.
An accident which involves dangerous goods could seriously damage any property or even the environment. Dizziness, nausea and itchiness are few of the immediate harm caused by hazard sunsatnces. Some hazards can also cause long term effect to the body like dermatitis or cancer. There are people who are prone to these occurrence.
Almost every day, we are using hazardous substances and dangerous goods. It may be antiseptic for a cut, the paints for the walls, or even a cleaning product for the bathroom. They might seem harmless to human but once these substances are mishandled, it can be make one sick. It is the responsibility of a company to provide their workers with safe work procedures for handling hazardous substances and dangerous goods. Also, they provide information, training and supervision to their workers. First aid treatment for hazardous substances and dangerous goods should be part of the training to the workers.
Information about these hazardous substances or dangerous goods are enclosed in a material safety data sheet. These information provided cannot eb found on labels. As a requirement, the manufacturers and suppliers of hazardous substances and dangerous goods should provide MSDS’s to their customers and employers. It is of paramount importance that these hazardous substances and dangerous goods in workplaces are used strictly according to the manufacturer’s or supplier’s instructions. Any instruction provided in the MSDS and the procedures implemented in the workplace must be strictly followed.
These MSDS must be kept well so that when needed it can be found easily. Purchasing containers for hazardous substances must be labelled correctly. Every company is required to conduct a risk assessment for each of the hazardous substances available.
The safety data sheets management could be a great help both to the suppliers and customers. Safety data sheets are important in conducting risk assessment as request by the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH). These sheets are not an assessment. However, it will describe the hazards, thus helping you to assess the probability of those hazards that could be arising in the workplace. The information on the safety data sheets is important, especially the boiling point and the classification of the hazardous substances or dangerous goods. Therefore, a company must provide MSDS in their workplace.