Warning: If you use chemicals in your office, you must follow these nine safety rules

Simangele Mzizi, Fsp Business, 20 May. 2014

Tags: health and safety, office chemicals, how to use office chemicals safety, safety rules for office chemicals

Even if you don’t work in a factory there are dozens of harmful chemicals in your office environment. These include cleaning chemicals (for desks, computer screens and whiteboards) and other wipe-out chemicals (such as Tippex).

And it’s crucial you and your employees use these safely. If you don’t, your employees could get injured or even die from these chemicals.

Don’t take that risk.

Read up on the nine basic rules for using chemicals in the office so you can keep your employees safe.


Do you want to be fined, jailed or have a criminal record for life?

If an accident occurs in your workplace, and the person dies, you could be charged with culpable homicide, charged penalties of R100 000 or 2 years in jail! The CEO or Owner of a company is personally accountable for health and safety at work.

Click here for the three things you must prove to establish your innocence.


Follow these nine simple rules when using chemicals in your office

Rule #1: Ensure chemicals are stored away from general and individual work areas, preferably in an office chemical cupboard, says the Health & Safety Advisor.

Rule #2: Store chemicals according to the storage requirements in the Material Safety Data Sheet.

Rule #3: Handle chemicals as per the personal protective equipment requirements in the Material Safety Data Sheet.

Rule #4: Don’t leave chemical containers open.

Rule #5: Tell employees to put chemicals back in their storage areas after using them.


It’s a legal requirement. You must identify hazards and assess risks in your company

Do you know how to compile a risk assessment?


Rule #6: If materials are used for wiping chemicals onto a surface, wash it properly after application.

Rule #7: If the chemical used is harmful to the environment, don’t wash it down the drain.

Rule #8: If necessary, dispose of the material used for wiping surfaces in a sealed container.

Rule #9: Keep in mind that you may have to legally dispose some chemicals and their wastes through environmental waste contractors (for example, medical wastes, smoke detectors, some e-wastes, long-life globes, etc.)

There you have it. Never make the mistake of thinking office chemicals are harmless. Follow these rules all the time to ensure the health and safety of your employees.

Related articles:




RSS Facebook Share the experience
Health and Safety Club
  • COID
  • Contractors
  • Emergencies
  • Fire Safety
  • First Aid
  • Health and Safety Audit
  • Health and Safety Inspection
  • Health and Safety Representatives
  • Health and Safety Training
  • Induction
  • OHSA
  • PPE
  • Risk Assessment
Video Archive Video club
Your library of Free eReports
View full library
FREE Download: 10 Health & Safety appointment letters!

Download 10 Health & Safety appointment letters you legally need in your safety file!