For hazardous waste generators, understanding the basics for the safe handling of hazardous materials can keep your employees from catastrophic injury and your facility free from accidents and the fines that accompany them.
Because numerous injuries can result from improperly handling and storing materials, workers should also be aware of accidents that may result from the unsafe or improper handling of equipment as well as from improper work practices.
In addition, workers should be able to recognize the methods for eliminating the occurrence of such accidents.
Employers and employees should examine their workplaces to detect any unsafe or unhealthful conditions, practices, or equipment and take corrective action.
We’ve created a list of basic rules for you to evaluate your current work environment and discuss at your next safety meeting to ensure that your employees know how to handle materials safely.
For employees that will be working with hazardous chemicals in your workplace, proper training is crucial to keeping them and the other workers in your facility safe. Here are a few guidelines before getting started handling toxic substances in your facility:
Employees should understand the potential hazards of each chemical and substance that they will be working with and how to control their workplace to minimize any danger.
Employees can understand their risks in several ways, but the following rules should be implemented.
Improperly managed central storage and satellite accumulation points that are not managed properly can lead to big fines by federal and state regulators and can be the cause of accidents. It is important to pay careful attention to how these areas are managed.
Here are some best practices:
This is just a basic list of safety rules to keep your facility operating safely. You’ll undoubtedly have other safety rules to add to the list.
A good practice is to present these rules in your next safety meeting and get employees involved in helping you add to the list.
By getting their input, you can create a sense of ownership over your safe chemical handling rules.
To employees, they’ll be “our” rules rather than “their” rules. That way, people will be more likely to follow them.
What other rules do you have to add to the list?
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