Hazardous substances are known for not only being a threat to human health when handled incorrectly, but also a risk 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.
There are several very common errors that are being made when handling these dangerous substances and these would include the use of unlabeled containers, the absence of safety data sheets and the mistake of storing incompatible substances together. The number of guidelines to adhere to when handling these hazardous chemicals can easily overwhelm anyone who doesn’t have strong knowledge about these 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.
An SDS app can be used to make the management of all of these safety measures easier for the person in charge. 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 contain the information of the chemicals that are being stored. That said, it is very important to keep this sheet updated all the time. In some countries, the government would require the updating of the sheet at least once 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. There is also a need to always make use of containers that are properly labeled when storing these chemicals.
For businesses that make use of confined spaces for their work, it is important to obtain confined space permits to remain compliant to government-mandated health and safety guidelines. Having these spaces audited and certified will ensure that all workers working in the area are properly protected. These confined spaces should have proper exits and ventilation for the safety of everyone. To prevent any untoward events from happening, working in confined spaces safely is a must for all businesses that handle hazardous chemicals.
These are just a few pointers to ensure the safety of everyone who is involved in the handling of these hazardous chemicals. When these procedures are in place, productivity is increased and any untoward incidents can be prevented.