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11 safety rules for chemical handlers

On Behalf of | Aug 13, 2018 | Workers' Compensation

All employees in New Jersey who handle hazardous chemicals will want to keep these 11 safety rules in mind as they are basic and can apply to most workplaces. They are in no particular order, but the first rule is the most obvious: Workers should follow the established procedures and work as they were trained to do. Workers will want to be cautious and identify hazards before they start any task.

Employers should have procedures for emergency situations like fires and spills as well as procedures for evacuation and reporting. To prevent contamination, employees can clean all work surfaces at least once during their shift. Fifth, employees must be provided with adequate personal protective equipment. Worn-out or damaged PPE must be replaced. When working, employees should avoid eating and drinking, and when their hands are contaminated, they should never touch contact lenses or use cosmetics.

The remaining five rules concern the use, storing and labeling of materials. All materials should be in an appropriate container and have a legible label. Incompatibles should be separated, and materials should be stored in a ventilated, cool and dry area. Workers should consult the labels and material safety data sheets to identify the properties of a chemical and its hazards. Lastly, materials must always be used for their intended purpose.

Even when employees are properly trained, they can cause accidents. When the employer is not to blame, victims may be able to take advantage of the workers’ compensation program and receive an amount that covers their medical expenses and a portion of their lost wages. The claim might be denied, so they may want a lawyer by their side to assist with the filing and the appeals process. In New Jersey, workers may opt for a lump-sum settlement, but they might want to discuss its pros and cons with their lawyer.