Safety First

December – Hazardous Materials


Potential Hazards to Avoid:

  • Exposure from gases, vapors and airborne particulates by inhalation
  • Burns, irritations or rash from skin contact
  • Ingestion from swallowing harmful chemicals
  • Acute or Chronic health issues from toxins and carcinogens
  • Contamination of food sources, ground water, lakes and streams

Prevention and Reducing Risk:

  1. MSD Sheets provide valuable information such as Hazards, Handling and Health concerns
  2. Communicate the presence of chemicals and potential hazards
  3. Use of proper Personal Protective Equipment appropriate for exposure risks
  4. Proper storage to included; temperature, climate and reactivity
  5. Implement spill and containment procedures to reduce exposure and contamination
  6. Know the first aid requirements for chemicals being handled
  7. Know what to do if you or coworkers are exposed to hazardous chemicals


Any chemical that is a physical hazard or a health hazard for which statistically significant evidence exists that acute or chronic health effects may occur in exposed workers or evidence exists that it is a combustible, explosive, flammable, unstable (reactive) or water-reactive.

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