Four steps you must take to do a chemical substance risk assessment, before things get toxic

Ashley Churchyard, Fsp Business, 06 Jun. 2014

Tags: risk assessment, health and safety plan, hazards and risks, safety management, workplace accidents, chemical substance risk assessment, chemical risks in the workplace

You may have heard horror stories of young girls in the Middle East having acid thrown on them by their families. These girls ended up disfigured, blind and in constant pain.

The sad part is your employees could suffer this same fate. Not because of their families though. No, they’ll suffer at the hands of poor health and safety management and workplace accidents.

You see, if your employees work with chemicals, they’re at risk of having a chemical injury. This because chemical fuses or direct contact with the chemicals can cause injuries.

To stop this from happening and to protect your employees, you must do a chemical substance risk assessment.

Read on to find out how you can do this in just four steps…

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Four steps to doing a chemical substance risk assessment

The Health and Safety Advisor has condensed the process of a chemical substance risk assessment into four simple steps:
Step one: Get all the information you possibly can
This kind of information should include:
What chemicals do your employees use;
What do your employees use the chemicals for;
use them; and 
What equipment do your employees use with the chemicals.
Step two: Analyse the tasks your employees perform to identify the hazards
To do this, you need to do an observation. You must watch your employees at work and identify any hazards.
Step three:  Identify risks
Hazards and risks go hand-in-hand. If you can identify hazards, you must identify the risks they could cause. For example: Flammable chemicals are a hazard. They can cause a fire if your employee doesn’t handle them properly.
Step four: Quantify the risk
You need to see if the risk you’ve identified is a priority one you must deal with A.S.A.P.
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Use these four steps to ensure your employees’ safety

With these four steps you’ll be able to identify risks and  take steps to resolve them in your health and safety plan. Ensure you do your chemical substance risk assessment today before one of your employees is seriously injured.

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