On the worksite, chemical safety information is king. It is critical that all employees know how to safely work with, transport, or clean any chemicals they come in contact with on the jobsite. OSHA standards require that companies keep, and make readily accessible, Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) so that workers can effectively protect themselves. Seek the counsel of a Florida OSHA attorney if a hazardous chemical accident happens to your crew.

Hazard Communication

Some chemicals have no discernible odor and can appear harmless. To limit employee exposure, make sure to archive all relevant physical and chemical information on product safety data sheets, including those for pesticides, biological hazards, toxic substances, and poisons used. Chemicals should be classified, contain appropriate warning labels, and clearly list any known toxicities and reactions. If a chemical accident happens on your worksite, contact a Florida OSHA lawyer for legal guidance.

Emergency Response After Exposure

Unfortunately, accidents happen on worksites. Take special precautions to prepare your employees by providing emergency first-aid measures associated to likely routes of hazard exposure, including inhalation, skin and eye contact, and ingestion. List known reactions, side effects, or symptoms—acute or delayed—and include recommendations for immediate medical care.

Protective Measures

Take protective measures to control employee exposure to chemicals before an incident occurs. Use SDSs to share suitable techniques for handling chemicals, including the use of recommended equipment. Safety data sheets may also include information regarding exit routes.

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Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.