Chemicals can present one or more serious hazards to your health and safety.
They can be:
- Reactive: may react with air, water, or itself and burn, explode, or release vapors.
- Flammable: they catch fire easily.
- Explosive: they explode under certain conditions.
- Corrosive: they burn the skin or eyes.
- Toxic: they’re poisonous
Know the routes of entry chemicals can take to get into your body:
- Skin and eye contact
- Swallowing (ingestion)
You can block these routes of entry by using good safety practices and the right Personal Protective Equipment: Safety glasses or goggles Gloves Protective clothing Respirators.
Remember—you can guard against chemical hazards. A good safety attitude protects everyone—you, your family, and the company.