Chemical Safety

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In today’s world chemicals are commonly used everywhere in society, with both positive and negative impacts on health, well-being, social & economic aspects and the environment. At international level chemicals management and regulations is still insignificant nonetheless the impacts of chemicals are very significant. Still Serious incidents occur and there are still adverse effects on both human health and surrounding environment, and it is an accepted reality that the environment can be save/conserved by chemical management at workplace. In addition, the proper management of chemicals has continued importance, specially according to the goals approved at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg to ensure that, by the end of year 2020, chemicals production and usage is in ways that lessen the significant adverse harmful impacts on the environment and people. So, the proper management of chemicals is very important for the safety of people and environment. The person responsible for chemicals management should ensure below points:

  • Prepare, update, maintain and implement the chemical safety plans
  • Maintain a record and manifest (if applicable) of hazardous chemicals and notify the regulator of obvious quantities if necessary
  • Identify the risk of physical or chemical reaction of hazardous chemicals and ensure the stability of dangerous chemical substances
  • Ensure that exposure standards are not exceeded
  • Provide health monitoring to workers
  • Provision of information, training, instruction and supervision for workers
  • Spill containment system provision for hazardous chemicals if required
  • Obtaining the latest MSDS (material safety data sheet) from the chemical suppliers
  • Providing the information in the local language
  • Ignition sources control and accumulation of flammable substances separately
  • Supply and availability of fire protection, fire extinguishing and emergency equipment and safety equipment
  • Prepare an emergency plan if the amount of a hazardous chemical class in a workplace exceeds the amount shown for this hazardous chemical
  • Keeping in mind the stability and support of pipes and containers for bulk of hazardous chemicals
  • Commissioning and decommissioning of storage areas and handling
  • If there is any waste notify the certified contractor for proper handling (reuse or incineration)

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