Chemical safety in the work environment: Occupational safety above all

Chemicals are part of everyday life in many work environments and their correct handling and compliance with safety requirements are vital. In this blog, we delve more deeply into the importance of chemical safety at work and how we can collaborate to create a safer work environment.

Chemical Registry: Identify the chemicals used

The first step in chemical safety is to identify the chemicals used in the workplace. The Chemical Registry or an equivalent list of chemicals documents this information and contains key information on chemical safety and how to protect against the risks of chemicals. The Chemical Registry is an essential part of occupational safety and chemical safety management. It helps ensure that employees can work safely with chemicals.

Chemical risk assessment: Identify hazards before you start work

Before any actual work with chemicals begins, it is important to carry out a thorough risk assessment or to review a previous risk assessment for a similar use scenario. This will help identify potential hazards caused by the use of chemicals and allow a plan to be developed to manage them. Employees should always be aware of the properties and risks of the chemicals they use, how to protect themselves from them and what to do in the event of an emergency.

Appropriate training: Know-how means safety

The proper training of personnel is key to chemical safety. Training programmes should be designed to cover the safe handling of chemicals, the risks of exposure to them, and their storage and proper disposal. Employees also need to know how to protect themselves from the harms of chemicals, know how to use protective equipment correctly and understand the safety instructions in the workplace. Well-trained personnel are the first line of defence against potential risks.

Protective equipment: Preventive safety

Protective equipment is essential for chemical safety. Practices should include the use of appropriate protective equipment whenever working with chemicals. The most common protective equipment includes goggles, gloves, protective clothing and various types of respiratory protection. Properly selected and used protective equipment protects against chemical hazards such as splashes, vapours and skin contact. In addition to this, employees should also know how to maintain protective equipment and when to replace it.

Storage and Labelling: Good order and information in chemical warehouses

Chemical storage facilities require careful planning and maintenance. Chemicals should be stored at the right temperatures, separated from each other and as far away as possible from ignition sources. In addition, each chemical container and package should be clearly labelled according to its contents and potential hazards. This reduces the risk of confusion and helps in emergency situations.

Co-operation: The key to chemical safety in the workplace

Chemical safety is a common concern for everyone in the workplace. Employees and supervisors should communicate openly about the risks and suggestions for improvement related to chemicals. Shared meeting practices and regular inspections help maintain a safe working environment and ensure that everyone follows correct safety practices.

Finally: Safety first

Chemical safety in the work environment is a key part of occupational safety. Investing in training, protective equipment, storage and co-operation is an investment in the health and safety of employees. By taking care of chemical safety, we can ensure that our workplaces are places where everyone can work with confidence.


Mikko Nordlund
Sales Manager

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