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What are some tips for handling chemicals safely?

For workers in Richmond who regularly encounter chemicals, knowing the proper procedures are of the utmost importance. Failure to do so can lead to grave injuries and may even inhibit one’s ability to hold gainful employment, which can result in a workers’ compensation claim.

According to EHS Daily Advisor, there are a number of important safety tips that workplaces must adhere to when chemicals are present on a daily basis. Proper organization is key in this respect, and clearly labeled containers play a significant role to this end. Chemicals should be stored in the corresponding container at all times, and any deviations from the standard routine should be reported to supervisory personnel immediately. Additionally, any faulty or defective storage containers should also be reported to prevent injuries from occurring.

All workers must also be well acquainted with mandatory emergency procedures. This will allow for swift action in the event that an injury does take place. For instance, should a chemical spill occur there will be specific procedures for how to address the issue, and workers must be able to do so in a safe and reasonable manner without risking further injury.

In addition, workers must take pains to follow all posted rules and regulations. Proper training is integral in the respect, and training procedures must be adhered to by all parties to ensure the safest work environment possible. Workers should also plan ahead when at all possible, which will allow them to anticipate any incidents involving chemical spills and other potential hazards. Personal protective equipment is crucial, and must include items like eye goggles, coveralls, gloves, etc. 

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