My post today is short and sweet – not because I don’t have much to say about chemical safety, but because all the great info you’re looking for is in our new Ultimate Beginners’ Guide to Chemical Safety.
The chemical industry is unlike any other in Canada, which also extends to its hazards and risks. Chemical splash incidents are rare, but they’re often traumatic, life-altering events. To put this into perspective, chemical injuries to the skin or eyes only represent a fraction of all recordable injuries, but they are responsible for approximately 30 per cent of all burn-related deaths.
This Ultimate Beginners’ Guide will give you a thorough overview of what you need to know in order to work safely and successfully with hazardous chemical products.
What you will learn:
- How to properly identify chemical products
- Which detection tools you should use in your unique environment
- The best type of respiratory protection, PPE and protective clothing to wear for your job
- How to safely store chemical products
- Proper first aid procedures to follow if you encounter a chemical exposure
This guide will walk you through each of these critical elements so you can better understand the risks associated with working with chemicals.
My team and I are really excited to share this great resource (for free!). Here’s what’s included:
Effects of Chemical Hazards
Chemical-related illnesses come in many different forms. This guide discusses the difference between acute and chronic effects, and how you can avoid both by limiting your exposures.
How to Identify Chemicals in the Workplace
Do you know all the different WHMIS/GHS hazard classes and categories? We list them all and explain what they mean to you and your workplace.
How to Detect Chemicals
There are a number of different methods used to detect hazardous vapours and gases that chemical products emit. This guide provides in-depth information on colorimetric detection tubes, single and multi-gas monitors, photoionization detectors (PID) and infrared (IR) technology to help you select the right solution for your needs.
How to Protect Yourself from Chemicals
If you aren’t able to eliminate a chemical hazard at its source, there are a number of personal protective solutions available. We give a detailed breakdown of each option including chemical suits, gloves, eyewear, face protection and respirators.
How to Store Chemicals
It’s important to properly store your chemicals when they’re not in use – especially when it comes to corrosive solutions. Learn more about the required materials and ventilation needed to ensure your safety.
First Aid for Chemical Accidents
Different types of chemicals call for different emergency protocols. We cover everything you need to know about emergency showers and eyewashes, Diphoterine by Prevor and spill control solutions to keep you and your workplace safe.
Responsibilities of Employers and Employees
In every workplace, both the employer and the workers must understand and exercise their responsibilities to ensure everyone’s safety. The Ultimate Beginners’ Guide to Chemical Safety explains what’s required from both parties.