A GENERAL GUIDE TO THE SAFE HANDLING OF CHEMICALS
OBSERVE THE BASIC RULES OF HYGIENE:-
Always wash before touching food.
Always wash before smoking – better still – don’t smoke!
Never touch your eyes with dirty hands or gloves.
Do not wear contaminated clothing.
Keep you body and hair clean.
Look after your Personal Protection Equipment.
WHEN USING SOLIDS OR POWDERS:-
Minimise the creation of dust – use a dust mask.
Avoid any direct contact.
Use goggles as well as a mask when dealing with fine powders.
Take precautions to minimise static discharges.
NEVER use compressed air to remove dust from your body or clothing.
WHEN USING LIQUIDS:-
Avoid direct contact with the skin and eyes.
Use a face shield if there is a possibility of splashing.
Avoid breathing vapours.
Remove contaminated clothing – wash it before re-use..
Take precautions to minimise static discharges, ensure earth clamps are connected..
VAPOURS, AEROSOLS, MISTS & FUMES.
Ensure good ventilation or use a respirator.
Ensure your respirator has a clean particle filter.
If you can still smell the vapour, your respirator may need attention.
Remember – A dust mask offers no protection against vapours.
Use goggles, full face respirator or hood if there is eye discomfort.
IN CASE OF SPILLAGE
Contain, absorb and collect any spillage immediately.
Keep ALL liquids out of drains and sewers.
If spilt substances are rated 1H or 2H call your supervisor at once.
Consider the use of PPE when dealing with spills.
NEVER work alone with chemicals rated 1H!
Consider all un-rated/unmarked chemicals as dangerous.
Make sure your static clamps are properly attached!
Assume all paints/resins/oils to be a likely cause of spontaneous combustion
If you have no training in fire-fighting, call someone who has!
NEVER use water jets on a paint or chemical fire. Use fog or fine water spray to damp down the surrounding area and cool the fire until help arrives.
Remove waste bins to a safe place before leaving at end of shift.
IF YOU ARE UNSURE – FIND OUT! – DO NOT TAKE CHANCES