Managing Hazardous Substances
Dangerous materials can be corrosive, flammable, explosive, spontaneously combustible, toxic, oxidising, or water-reactive. These goods must be identified in workplaces through different symbols. These substances cause harm to people can be solid, liquid or gas. Substances can cause harm in an immediate or long term effect.
Occurrence of accident can be seriously damaging to the property or to its surroundings. These harm can be considered chronic if someone feels dizzy, feeling nausea and has irritating eyes or skin. Some hazards can also cause long term effect to the body like dermatitis or cancer. Some people can be more vulnerable than others.
In our every day lives, we have been using hazardous substances and dangerous goods. Examples for these dangerous goods and hazardous substances are antiseptic, paint, and cleaning products. While they looked like harmless, but even these ordinary things can make you very sick if they are not handle properly. As part of the company’s responsibility to their workers they are obliged to provide safety in using these 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.
Information about these hazardous substances or dangerous goods are enclosed in a material safety data sheet. It gives more information than you will find on a label. Manufacturers and suppliers of hazardous substances and dangerous goods are required to give MSDS’s to their employer and customer. Workplaces must handle hazardous substances and dangerous goods well using the written instruction provided by the manufacturers and suppliers of these substances. These risk control and procedures must be closely monitored and followed as well.
These MSDS must be kept well so that when needed it can be found easily. The purchase of containers must be labelled based on the usage for different hazardous substances. Risk assessment for each hazardous substance must be conducted in the workplace.
The safety data sheets management could be a great help both to the suppliers and customers. Even so, a safety data sheet provides a lot of information that could help you make a risk assessment as required by the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH). This information is 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.