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Chemical Handling Safety - Work Habits

By Ethan Davis

(a) Never work alone, eat, drink or use tobacco products within an area where chemicals are handled or within a chemical storage room. Do not store food or beverages in such an area.

(b) Wash hands before and after working within a chemical handling area, and after spill cleanups.

(c) Restrain loose clothing, long hair, and dangling jewelry.

(d) Never leave heat sources unattended.

(e) Never place reactive chemical containers near the edge of a table, bench, etc. where they may fall and break, thus releasing chemical vapors into the room and/or come into contact with other chemi-cals causing an unsafe reaction.

(f) Use a fume hood when working with volatile substances.

(g) Obtain and read the MSDS for each chemical before handling/dispensing any chemicals.

(h) Analyze new chemical handling procedures in advance to pinpoint hazardous areas.

(i) Analyze accidents to prevent repeat performances.

(j) Protection should be provided for not only the employees working within the chemical handling/

processing room, but also for any visitors to the area.

(k) Do not mix chemicals in the sink.

(l) Always inform co-workers of plans to carry out hazardous work.

(m) Carry out regular fire or emergency drills with critical reviews of the results.

(n) Have actions pre-planned in case of an emergency (i.e. gas shut-off location, escape routes posted, meeting places).