Being exposed to chemicals in the workplace can have health implications and so minimising those risks is essential. The Chemical Storage and Handling course covers how toxic chemicals can enter our body and how we can prevent this from happening. After you have completed this course you will be able to minimise the chances of hazardous chemical exposure and identify the key safety information from a Safety Data Sheet. For an immersive and detailed training solution on chemical storage and handling, look no further than this three part course.
Working Safely with Chemicals
Chemical exposure in the workplace is unavoidable but the risks and hazards can be managed.
This lesson will cover why chemical safety is important. Specifically how toxic chemicals can enter our body and how we can prevent this from happening.
Always read the Safety Data Sheet before using any new chemical or process. It contains important safety information. We'll cover how to read and understand the SDS in a following lesson.
The SDS collection is available on all sites. Make sure you ask your Site Manager if you are unsure.
Always wear the personal protective equipment as specified on the Safety Data Sheet
Never leave chemicals unattended.
No eating, drinking, or smoking on site.
Always read the SDS! The SDS is split into 16 sections. The first eight sections contain general information and the last eight sections contain more technical and scientific information.
Identification This section contains product name and contact details of the manufacturer and importer as well as an emergency poisons hotline.
Hazard Identification The amount information provided here varies depending on how hazardous the chemical is, the higher the hazard the more information you'll see here. Follow all the precautionary statements listed. You may also see pictograms, we'll dive more into what these all mean later on in the lesson
Composition and information on the ingredients
First Aid Measures Description of necessary first aid measures Symptoms caused by exposure
Fire Fighting Measures Information on the right fire extinguishing equipment to use in response to a chemical fire.
Accidental Release Measures what to do when there's been a spill, leak or releases
Storage and Handling The best practices in storing and handling the chemical.
Exposure Controls/ Personal Protection Recommended exposure limits and the PPE that you should wear to limit exposure.
What these pictograms tell us about the chemical? Select all that apply
What does this section of the SDS tell us about the chemical? Select all that apply
Chemicals should be properly stored in the right conditions to minimise hazards As a general rule of thumb: Ensure all hazardous chemicals are properly labeled Store chemicals according to it's hazard class Separate all incompatible chemicals Chemicals must be stored no higher than eye level If you're ever unsure, you should consult Section 7 of the SDS, as it covers the Handling & Storage information.
Improper storage of chemicals
Leaking or deteriorating containers and spilled chemicals
Temperature extremes (too hot or cold in storage areas)
Lack of low lighting levels
Blocked exits or aisles, and a lack of security
Open lights or matches
Fire equipment blocked, broken or missing
Lack of information or warning signs
What's wrong with the way these chemicals are stored? Submit your response on the next slide...
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