Before you can begin controlling chemical hazards in the workplace you need to understand some of the basics. Chemical hazards are divided into two groups: Health Hazards and Physicochemical (physical chemistry) Hazards.
Safe Chemical Technologies: Chemical Workplace Safety
A guide to workplace standards, safety culture, chemical hazards, risk assessments and other useful resources relating to workplace safety. Understand the role of risk assessment and management, when to use PPE and what you are obliged to do before resorting to such measures.
The two key ways to identify chemical hazards are to carefully study both the product packaging AND the product SDS. Hazardous chemical products and ingredients are found in many items within the workplace including detergents, solvents, degreasers, odour control products, scale removers and surface cleaners.
October is National Safe Work Australia Month. Our free Chemical Safety Pack is designed to make getting involved easy. It gives you practical steps for making significant improvements on chemical workplace health and safety.
This assessment form will enable you to quickly and easily identify potentially hazardous chemical products in your workplace. You will also be able to determine whether or not a full and detailed risk assessment should take place for any particular product.