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Handling of Hazardous Substances

Any goods can be dangerous because it can be corrosive, flammable, explosive, combustible, toxic or even water-reactive. These goods must be identified in workplaces through different symbols. A hazardous substance can be any substance: solid, liquid or gas, that may cause harm to your health. Substances can cause harm in an immediate or long term effect.

The accident caused by these hazardous substances can be damaging to the properties and environment. Harm to health can occur suddenly, such as dizziness, nausea and itchy eyes or skin. Dermatitis and cancer are two of the most common long term effect of hazardous substances. Some people are also susceptible than others.

Almost every day, we are using hazardous substances and dangerous goods. It may be antiseptic for a cut, the paints for the walls, or even a cleaning product for the bathroom. Mishandling of these substances can make you very sick. It is the work of the company to provide safety for their workers especially in handling hazardous substances and dangerous goods. Training, information and supervision must be provided by the company or employer. First aid treatment must be conducted through training to the workers.

A material safety data sheet is providing detailed information about a hazardous substance or dangerous good. It gives more information than you will find on a label. Manufacturers and suppliers of hazardous substances and dangerous goods are required to give MSDS’s to their employer and customer. These hazardous substances and dangerous goods should be handled through the MSDS’s provided by the manufacturers and suppliers. Any instruction provided in the MSDS and the procedures implemented in the workplace must be strictly followed.

When receiving the MSDS, it must be keep and every employer must obtain a copy to make it available for the usage of the workers in the workplace. Purchasing containers for hazardous substances must be labelled correctly. Every company is required to conduct a risk assessment for each of the hazardous substances available.

Safety data sheets are very important in helping you, or anyone you supply, to make the workplace safe. Safety data sheets are important in conducting risk assessment as request by the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH). The safety data sheet is not an assessment. These sheets could help you in identifying the risk underlying in these substances. The information on the safety data sheets is important, especially the boiling point and the classification of the hazardous substances or dangerous goods. Therefore, a company must provide MSDS in their workplace.

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