About this Hazardous Chemicals Toolbox Talk
This hazardous chemicals toolbox talk gives practical guidance on the use of chemicals that may have a consequential risk to the safety and health of workers and/or an adverse effect on the environment.
Some chemicals that are used in the workplace can have short and long-term health effects. It is very important to ensure all legal and code of practice requirements are being met with regard to the handling, transportation and storage of hazardous chemicals and dangerous goods.
The intended outcome of the toolbox talk is to:
- Enable legal requirements and obligations to be met with hazardous chemicals and dangerous goods.
- Provide guidelines for the selection and use of chemicals that may have a consequential risk to the safety and health of workers.
- Ensure processes are in place where chemicals are used must first have been risked assessed and authorised for use.
- Ensure an approved hazardous chemical register and relevant safety data sheets (SDS’s) are readily accessible to personnel.
Chemical safety in the workplace is very important, as employees need to be aware of the dangers of chemicals and how to protect themselves. Employers need to provide adequate training and resources to ensure that their employees are safe.
Working with chemicals can be dangerous and employees need to be properly trained in chemical safety and be aware of the risks involved. There are a variety of hazards that chemicals can pose to workers, they can be toxic, flammable, corrosive, irritants and sensitisers.
There are three ‘general’ ways to reduce your exposure to hazardous chemicals:
1. Substitution– which is the process of replacing a hazardous chemical with a less hazardous one.
2. Engineering controls– which eliminate or reduce exposure by physical devices, barriers or equipment.
3. Administrative controls– which are instructions, training and procedures.
Purchasing and Using Chemicals?
- Before purchasing any hazardous chemical from a supplier, manufacturer or importer a risk assessment should be undertaken to assess the risks involved.
- A chemical brought onto a work site for the first time must be accompanied by an SDS.
- Personnel using the chemicals need to have the necessary training and competencies to enable safe use.
- Whenever a hazardous chemical is used, it must be in accordance with the SDS, the label and any other relevant instructions.
- Appropriate signage must be displayed (where necessary) to alert and warn of a new hazardous chemical and their risks to work health and safety.
- A supply of eyewash should be near the location where chemicals are used.
- A spill kit must be available if there is a risk of a chemical spill, or decanting takes place at the workplace.
What Do I Need to Do When Using Chemicals?
- Follow the instructions given to protect you from the risks associated with hazardous chemical exposure.
- Use personal protection equipment in the work area when exposed to chemical hazards.
- Maintain your personal protection equipment in good condition.
Note: All personnel required to work with potentially hazardous chemicals or dangerous goods must be trained in their use and be aware of the potential risks.
Why Download this Hazardous Chemicals Toolbox Talk?
This 2-page toolbox talk on hazardous chemicals provides information and practical guidance on the use of substances that may have a consequential risk to the health and safety of workers and/or may have an adverse effect on the environment.
With this hazardous chemicals toolbox talk you will be able to:
- Very easily edit and customize the template to create your own hazardous chemicals toolbox talk.
- Apply your own style, format and brand to the hazardous chemicals toolbox talk.
- Use it in any industry or sector regardless of size or type of organization.
Availability and Use of this Hazardous Chemicals Toolbox Talk
- This hazardous chemicals toolbox talk is accessible to you right now by clicking the ‘Download Template’ button or the ‘Download Through Checkout’ button.
- No payment is required for this toolbox talk and it will be delivered to you in fully editable Microsoft Word format for immediate and full use in your business.
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