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Understanding Chemical Hazards

Hazardous materials are becoming more and more prominent in our workplaces as technological advancements continue. Hazardous materials and waste are part of many work situations, and can be found on many types of job sites. OSHA feels that it is important for employees to know how to recognize these potentially dangerous substances as well as how to handle and dispose of them properly.  OSHA has mandated that anyone working with these materials receive comprehensive training in this area. As part of these regulations (29 CFR 1910.120, also known as HAZWOPER), there are varying requirements for employee training, depending on an employee's specific level of involvement with hazardous materials. Our training products on HAZWOPER: Understanding Chemical Hazards introduce employees to chemical hazard regulations and provide training on the various types of hazardous chemicals found in industrial environments.

DID YOU KNOW? Chemical substances can take a variety of forms. They can be in the form of solids, liquids, dusts, vapors, gases, fibers, mists and fumes. The form a substance is in has a lot to do with how it gets into your body and what harm it can cause. A chemical can also change forms. For example, liquid solvents can evaporate and give off vapors that you can inhale. Sometimes chemicals are in a form that can’t be seen or smelled, so they are more difficult to detect. Solids and liquids are easier to recognize since they can be seen. Dusts and mists may or may not be visible, depending upon their size and concentration. Fumes, vapors, and gases are usually invisible.

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