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Basic Safety Tips For Handling Hazardous Materials

March 9, 2015 Hastings and Hastings

Basic Safety Tips For Handling Hazardous Materials

Hazardous materials are everywhere today and in virtually every environment in both the home and in the workplace. There are some essential and basic safety tips that everyone can consider as a way to stay safe when it comes to handling hazardous materials. For example, following established procedures in the workplace can greatly reduce the chances of becoming injured due to hazardous materials or hazardous substances.

Report Damaged Or Mislabeled Containers

In addition, whether at home or in the workplace it is crucial to ensure that all containers that hold hazardous substances be properly labeled. Using the wrong container to hold hazardous liquids or labeling a container improperly can easily result in a serious accident. While in the workplace it is important to report damaged or mislabeled containers to management as soon as possible in order to prevent hazardous materials accidents. This could ultimately save someone from a serious injury or even save a life.

Make The Home And Workplace Safer In The Long Run

Also important is to always read all labels when it comes to handling hazardous materials. Most hazardous substances have containers with comprehensive safety information written in clear language. Understanding the dangers involved with various types of hazardous materials will make the home and workplace safer in the long run. When using hazardous materials, they should only be used as intended by the manufacturer of the product. Solvent should never be misused or used for some other purpose. One example of this is trying to use gasoline to clean grease off of one’s hands. This is a bad idea and should never be done.

Serious And Detrimental Eye Injury

Finally, while in the workplace or at home it is never a good idea to eat or drink while handling any type of hazardous material or hazardous substances. Hands should be thoroughly cleaned and washed prior to eating or drinking after handling hazardous items or materials. Even something as simple as handling contact lenses after working with hazardous substances could result in serious and detrimental eye injury. As an added note, hazardous substances and materials should be stored properly and in the right type of container. The area where these items are stored should be well ventilated, cool and dry. Contact Hastings & Hastings today for Phoenix Arizona personal injury legal representation when it is needed the most.