Handling of Hazardous Substances
You can tell a good is dangerous if it is corrosive, flammable, explosive, combustible, toxic, oxidizing or reactive in water. The goods can be identified if it is dangerous through their symbols. These substances cause harm to people can be solid, liquid or gas. Hazardous substances can be acute or chronic.
The accident caused by these hazardous substances can be damaging to the properties and environment. Harm to health can occur suddenly, such as dizziness, nausea and itchy eyes or skin. Dermatitis and cancer are two of the most common long term effect of hazardous substances. Some people are also susceptible than others.
Almost every day, we are using hazardous substances and dangerous goods. Examples for these dangerous goods and hazardous substances are antiseptic, paint, and cleaning products. Mishandling of these substances can make you very sick. It is the responsibility of a company to provide their workers with safe work procedures for handling hazardous substances and dangerous goods. They must provide information, training and supervision. First aid treatment for hazardous substances and dangerous goods should be part of the training to the workers.
A material safety data sheet is providing detailed information about a hazardous substance or dangerous good. It provides information on the substances that is not found in labels. Manufacturers and suppliers of hazardous substances and dangerous goods are required to give MSDS’s to their employer and customer. Workplaces must handle hazardous substances and dangerous goods well using the written instruction provided by the manufacturers and suppliers of these substances. 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. When you purchase containers of hazardous substances they must be labelled. Every company is required to conduct a risk assessment for each of the hazardous substances available.
Safety data sheets are very important in helping you, or anyone you supply, to make the workplace safe. Even so, a safety data sheet provides a lot of information that could help you make a risk assessment as required by the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH). The safety data sheet is not an assessment. These sheets could help you in identifying the risk underlying in these substances. The information on the safety data sheets is important, especially the boiling point and the classification of the hazardous substances or dangerous goods. Thus, if a company is not providing information or safety data sheets to their employer then they should ask MSDS from their supplier.