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August 2, 2016

The Reason For Using A Safety Data Sheet

In any workplace, both health and safety is of utmost importance particularly where the insurance premiums are adjusted in line with the safety and health policies in place. There are some accidents that can be avoided by having effective signage, which otherwise may cause detrimental effects on the premiums.

Whether you believe it or not, we are using different chemicals every single day for different purposes regardless if it’s at home or at work. When handling a chemical especially the industrial grade ones, it obviously requires knowledge that can also be by having signage and labels. As a matter of fact, it is important that we gain thorough understanding of risks when making use of even simple household bleaches. We have to be mindful of the possible effect it can cause to our eyes, mouth and skin. Also, we have to know what should be done in the event that something goes wrong and be mindful of its intended usage so we will not use it incorrectly at the same time.

With this being said, it means that it can never be underestimate to have correct signage. In case that problems which emergency services are called for, safe signage can save lots of lives. Among the key tools in any hazard communication is safety data sheets. Good safety data sheet provides the user the necessary info that is required to perform suitable risk assessment for application.

To promote a better and higher quality safety data sheets is among the major goals of Chemical Hazards Communication Society. There are so many studies including the one performed by Chemical Hazards Communication Society which shows high level of inaccuracies in SDS. This is without a doubt great concern, mostly to the enforcing authorities.

COSHH or Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations is requiring all employers to manage the exposure to hazardous chemicals in an effort to avoid ill effects. The basic principles of regulations has been outlined by HSE or the Health and Safety Executive publication and at the same time, they introduced the 7 step guide to be compliant.

In a residential setting, any substance that is mark with dreaded hazard symbol has to be kept out of children’s reach and pets as well at all time. As a matter of fact, there are numerous household products that can potentially maim or kill if it’s misused by the user. If you’re considering the possible effects of bleach on a lime scale, then why don’t you try to think of what it can do to animal or child who has used it incorrectly.

Knowing safety data sheets is putting us in a position where we know we’ll be safe and ready when accidents in relation to hazardous chemicals take place.
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