Hazardous chemicals are branded as such because they are hazards not only to our health, but also to the environment. With all the danger involved in handling these chemicals, it is still a wonder why there are entities who continue to mishandle these substances. Despite their knowledge of the danger these chemicals pose, they continue to take for granted the hazards it brings to the health of everyone and the environment.
Using unlabeled containers, combining and storing of incompatible substances and the lack of safety data sheets are among the common errors that are committed when handling these dangers substances. To the uneducated, it would be very overwhelming to see all the set guidelines to adhere to when handling these dangerous substances. Although overwhelming, these guidelines are all set to protect the safety of everyone using the chemicals and to mitigate its impact on the environment.
To easily manage all these guiding processes and checklists, it would be best that the person in charge should religiously follow through all the requirements.
To help manage all these safety measures in handling hazardous substances, it would be easier to use an SDS app. A safety data sheet (SDS) app can be downloaded on your phone and it will allow anyone who handles these chemicals to keep an inventory of the substances they have. This data sheet will also hold important information related to the substances being stored. Updating the sheet is considered of utmost importance for all businesses that handle these hazardous chemicals. Some countries would mandate the updating to be done at least every five years.
The SDS should be made accessible to anyone who makes use of the substance. If not through an app, it should be conspicuously displayed so anyone can refer to it when they handle the chemical. For everyone’s knowledge, it is important to only use containers that are properly labeled in the storage of these substances.
There is a need to secure confined space permits for companies that use these confined areas to carry out their operations. It is imperative to have certified agencies inspect and audit the area as part of the government mandate in keeping the safety of everyone in check. Ventilation and proper exits are two of the things that will be checked in the area for safety purposes. To prevent any untoward events from happening, working in confined spaces safely is a must for all businesses that handle hazardous chemicals.
Consider these pointers as part of the list to do to protect the safety of everyone who is handling these hazardous substances. When these procedures are in place, productivity is increased and any untoward incidents can be prevented.