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.
Among the common errors that are repeatedly being committed would include storing hazardous substances in unlabeled containers, storing of incompatible substances together and the absence of safety data sheets. 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. The reason behind having these procedures in place is to simply mitigate the risk they pose to people and the environment.
While there may be a lot of things to keep in check, when a business or a person in charge is religiously updating these processes, it becomes easier for him to manage the checklist.
To make things easier for the person in charge to manage all these safety measures, it would help if the person will make use of an SDS app. The app can be downloaded on the phone and the safety data sheet (SDS) app can be easily accessed by anyone to keep track of the inventory of chemical. 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. 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. It is important to have this sheet displayed conspicuously if there is no app to be used. 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 a government mandate to have these areas audited and inspected to safeguard the welfare of all the employees who will be working in the area. Other than having the proper exits, it is important to have these areas well ventilated for everyone’s safety. Working in confined spaces safely is a must to prevent instances of suffocation or being trapped in the event of fire caused by the chemicals.
To protect the health and safety of everyone and the environment, consider taking these pointers to heart. These are just a few of the things to consider to prevent any untoward events from happening and to increase the productivity of everyone in the workplace.