This week, Wendy Couture, the district’s safety and risk reduction manager, shares tips about Chemical Safety in the workplace.
Many people work with and around chemicals every day that can be hazardous if not used properly. Cleaners, solvents and detergents are examples of potentially hazardous chemicals when misused. By following safe practices when using chemicals, you can protect yourself and coworkers against chemical hazards. Safety Data Sheets (SDS) are developed by the chemical manufacturer to provide information concerning safe use of the product.
- Always read the labels on the products before you use them.
- All chemical products have a SDS listing the product’s specific hazards. Contact your supervisor to review the SDS and learn the hazards of the chemical.
- Always wear personal protective equipment (gloves, goggles, mask, etc.) when using chemicals. The SDS will tell you what equipment to wear.
- Follow label warnings and instructions.
- Do not mix chemicals! For example, never mix bleach with ammonia.
- Learn emergency procedures in case you or others are exposed to chemical splash or fumes. These procedures can be found on the SDS.
- Keep containers closed when not in use. Store chemicals in original containers in a cool, dry place.
- Only use chemicals in well-ventilated areas.
- Make sure chemical containers are labeled properly. If you do not have an appropriate label, ask your supervisor.
Report all non-life threatening spills immediately to the school district’s Support Service Center at Ext. 7800.