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Chemical Materials

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Chemical materials such as solvents, sealers, adhesives, paints, resin foams, battery acids, antifreeze, brake fluids, fuels, oils and grease should always be used with caution and stored and handled with care. They may be toxic, harmful, corrosive, irritant or highly flammable and give rise to hazardous fumes and dusts.

The effects of excessive exposure to chemicals may be immediate or delayed; briefly experienced or permanent; cumulative; superficial; life threatening; or may reduce life expectancy.

Chemical Materials - Do's

  • Do carefully read and observe hazard and precaution warnings given on material containers (labels) and in any accompanying leaflets, posters or other instructions. Material health and safety data sheets can be obtained from manufacturers.
  • Do remove chemical materials from the skin and clothing as soon as practicable after soiling.

    Change heavily soiled clothing and have it cleaned

  • Do organize work practices and protective clothing to avoid soiling of the skin and eyes; breathing vapors, aerosols, dusts or fumes; inadequate container labeling; fire and explosion hazards.
  • Do wash before job breaks, before eating, smoking, drinking or using toilet facilities when handling chemical materials.
  • Do keep work areas clean, uncluttered and free of spills.
  • Do store chemical materials according to national and local regulations.
  • Do keep chemical materials out of the reach of children.

Chemical Materials - Do Nots

  • Do not mix chemical materials except under the manufacturers instructions; some chemicals can form other toxic or harmful chemicals, give off toxic or harmful fumes or become explosive when mixed together.
  • Do not spray chemical materials, particularly those based on solvents, in confined spaces, for example when people are inside a vehicle.
  • Do not apply heat or flame to chemical materials except under the manufacturers instructions.

    Some are highly flammable and some may release toxic or harmful fumes.

  • Do not leave containers open. Fumes given off can build up to toxic, harmful or explosive concentrations. Some fumes are heavier than air and will accumulate in confined areas such as pits.
  • Do not transfer chemical materials to unlabelled containers.
  • Do not clean hands or clothing with chemicals.

    Chemicals, particularly solvents and fuels, will dry the skin and may cause irritation leading to dermatitis or be absorbed through the skin in toxic or harmful quantities.

  • Do not use emptied containers for other materials except when they have been cleaned under supervised conditions.
  • Do not sniff or smell chemical materials. Brief exposure to high concentrations of fumes can be toxic or harmful.

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