Managing Hazardous Substances
Any goods can be dangerous because it can be corrosive, flammable, explosive, combustible, toxic or even water-reactive. 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 are classified based on their potential health effects, whether it is acute or chronic.
Occurrence of accident can be seriously damaging to the property or to its surroundings. Dizziness, nausea and itchiness are few of the immediate harm caused by hazard sunsatnces. Also, it can happen gradually over years, like dermatitis or cancer. 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. They might seem harmless to human but once these substances are mishandled, it can be make one sick. It is the responsibility of a company to provide their workers with safe work procedures for handling hazardous substances and dangerous goods. Also, they provide information, training and supervision to their workers. First aid treatment must be conducted through training to the workers.
A material safety data sheet is providing detailed information about a hazardous substance or dangerous good. These information provided cannot eb found on labels. Manufacturers and suppliers of hazardous substances and dangerous goods are required to give MSDS’s to their employer and customer. These hazardous substances and dangerous goods should be handled through the MSDS’s provided by the manufacturers and suppliers. Any instruction provided in the MSDS and the procedures implemented in the workplace must be strictly followed.
Upon receiving a MSDS it must keep it in a register, and even keep a copy close to where the substance is being used to allow workers who may be exposed to refer to it easily. The purchase of containers must be labelled based on the usage for different hazardous substances. Every company is required to conduct a risk assessment for each of the hazardous substances available.
These safety data sheets are very important not just to the manufacturers and suppliers but even to the customers in maintaining safety and provide protection to the environment. As a requirement by the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations, these safety data sheets are necessary in every workplace. These sheets are not an assessment. These sheets could help you in identifying the risk underlying in these substances. These information provided is vital specifically the boiling point and classification of these substances. A company should ask MSDS from their supplier and provide these information for the safety of their workers and to protect the environment.