As businesses make plans to reopen, owners are forced to consider safety issues that wouldn’t normally arise, including how to store, transport and safely use increased amounts of sanitizer, or alcohol-based hand rub (ABHR).
When splashed with hazardous chemicals, the longest it should take anyone to reach an emergency shower and eyewash station is 10 seconds. That’s hardly any time - about as long as it takes to turn on the tap and fill a glass with water or tie your shoes.
When it comes to selecting the right emergency safety shower, there are several restrictions and guidelines to keep in mind if you want to be compliant with regulations. For example, in order to meet the ANSI/ISEA Z358.1 standard, an emergency safety shower must provide tepid water.
OSHA conducted 32,408 site inspections in 2017. More than 18,000 of these occurred as the result of an incident. Environmental incidents also attract the attention of authorities. The EPA collected $2.98 billion in criminal fines, restitution and mitigation in the same period.
Aerosol spray paint cans make life easier. They speed up painting jobs, offer a smooth finish without brush or roller marks and enable painting in hard-to-reach places. But, aerosol cans are also hazardous. Both the product and the propellant are usually flammable.
The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) keeps a record of incidents and lessons learned. Workplace incidents and injuries involving chemical splashes and burns cause severe reactions and could lead to permanent damage. Reasons for such accidents include carrying chemicals in unsafe containers, broken equipment or incorrect procedures.
Many companies use aerosol cans every day but hate the high costs of hazardous waste disposal. They may choose to recycle their used or empty aerosol cans. In many cases, they’re unsure of how to empty the cans. They may even puncture them with a screwdriver, draining out the remaining contents.
In August 2018, teachers and staff at a middle school in Norfolk, MA, were preparing for the start of the school year as the annual fire inspection took place. In a science classroom, the town building and fire department officials noticed a strange chemical odor coming from a chemical storage cabinet. The garlicy smell was due to a reaction that had occurred in a container of calcium carbide.