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2 steps you need to follow when dealing with potentially hazardous chemical substances in the workplace

by , 28 April 2016
If your company works with potentially hazardous chemical substances, then you have to be extremely careful! Because one little error can lead to:

· your employees falling gravely ill or becoming badly injured; or
· your equipment becoming written off.

So in order to help you deal with potentially hazardous chemical substances in the workplace, here are 2 vital steps you have to follow...

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Step#1: Identify all substances in the workplace

The first step would be to identify all substances that are used when performing any task in your workplace.

To do this:

·         go through inventory and stock lists;
·         look at all areas where substances are used or stored;
·         consider what substances may be let off as intermediates; and
·         look into any substances that can be let off by working on certain areas. An example could be asbestos from buildings.
 
Step#2: Look into the risk

If you've identified a potential risk here, you must determine if any hazardous substance has in fact been released into the workplace.

To do this, look for:

·         any evidence of splashes of the substance, or any other possible effects associated with the substance in question;
·         any evidence of contamination. This includes symptoms experienced by employees; and
·         any patterns in previous Health Survey and Occupational Hygiene results.
 
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