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Whether you use alcohol or chemicals for small household chores or large industrial cleaning, when purchasing either you want to rest assured that they will arrive and be stored safely given the potential hazards.
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Potential Chemical Hazards
Physicochemical and health hazards come with exposure to chemicals in the workplace. It is critical that workers can identify first the type of chemical hazards associated with the substances they handle before implementing corresponding control measures. For example, the low boiling point of alcohol makes it highly flammable. Thus, alcohol should be kept away from the presence of heat, sparks, or an open flame. Also, highly concentrated alcohol is known to be toxic to humans when in contact with skin or inhaled. Because of that, wearing protective clothing and observing other safety precautions during their handling is a must.
While the type of hazard varies across industries, several action steps that can eliminate, reduce, or control the risks associated with chemical hazards are commonly applied to a wide range of substances.
Tips on how to safely store alcohol and other chemicals
1. Keep the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) at hand
The MSDS contains physical data, potential hazards, and information on the safe storage and handling procedures relevant to a chemical. It is prepared by the manufacturer or supplier of the material and must be studied closely to fully understand the materials’ properties and hazards related to them.
2. Develop procedures to manage risks linked with the chemicals on-site
After identifying the chemicals and the danger associated with their use, standardize risk-mitigating procedures to ensure a safe workplace
3. Regular employee training
Employee training should include proper handling of the chemicals, use of essential protective equipment, and emergency procedures in case of gas leaks and chemical spills. Regularly conducting employee training refreshes the employees’ knowledge of safe practices. Therefore, it avoids distress due to injuries and accidents.
4. Maintain a neat and organized work place
Keeping the environment clean and orderly is key to achieving safety in the worksite. Labeling all containers will prevent harmful events due to the misuse of chemicals. Placing equipment and other tools in their proper places will avoid incidents such as tripping and dropping objects to the floor.
5. Provide PPE
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Wearing PPE minimizes the exposure of workers to toxic fumes. PPE serves as the last line of defense against hazards. Though the use of PPE does not control the hazard at the source, it plays a vital role in keeping workers unharmed together with higher-level control measures.
6. Verify ventilation systems
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency states that toxic materials should not be stored permanently outside. While outdoor storage benefits from natural ventilation, massive spills and releases could occur due to extreme weather conditions. Temporary outdoor storage is only allowed during building repair or construction. On the other hand, when storing chemicals indoors, ensure that the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are operating adequately to avoid the build-up of gases and maintain indoor air quality.
7. Use appropriate storage containers
To select the right storage containers, the compatibility of the chemical and the container’s material of construction should be checked. Plastic, stainless steel, and steel 55-gallon drums are some of the modern drums that are suitable to contain hazardous materials. In addition, safety cabinets depending on the classification of chemical hazards can also be used to limit access of hazardous materials to authorized personnel.
8. Separate incompatible substances
The distance of separation of incompatible substances depends on the severity of risk determined. Ensure that incompatible substances do not mix up to prevent the occurrence of violent chemical reactions and explosions.
9. Conduct annual chemical inventory
Yearly chemical inventory requires integrity checking of all containers. Furthermore, authorized personnel should also inspect for chemical discoloration, caking, pressure buildup, or any other signs of decomposition. On the other hand, once new chemicals and updated MSDSs for existing chemicals arrived, chemical inventories should be updated.
10. Conduct a periodic system review
Changes in the workplace are inevitable that is why it is important to review implemented safety control measures from time to time. Existing safe work methods might be ineffective with the addition of new chemicals and changes in operating procedures over a period.
With these guidelines on the proper handling of chemicals, the safety of your employees, as well as the whole community, is ensured.
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