Hazardous Substances Safety Checklists

Why Proper Management of Hazardous Chemicals is Important

Proper handling, storage and disposal of hazardous chemicals in the workplace can help reduce exposure to toxic materials and related workplace incidents. Without proper controls and training in place, exposure to chemicals can cause burns, respiratory illnesses, and cancer as well as fire and explosion-related injuries. Any industry that handles hazardous chemicals needs to be aware of safety practices, common harmful chemicals include paints, disinfectants, glues, heavy metals, pesticides, and petroleum products. Regular worksite inspections can help identify gaps in the handling, storage, and disposal of hazardous chemicals and help prevent incidents before they occur.

Minimizing Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals

Overexposure to chemical substances may cause acute or chronic health damages. Follow these general tips to protect yourself from chemical hazards.

  • Ensure chemical containers are clearly labeled.
  • Inspect containers for leaks or damage.
  • Keep containers tightly closed when not in use.
  • As much as possible minimize your exposure to a chemical substance.
  • Read the label and follow instructions carefully.
  • Ensure emergency equipment are readily available.
  • Ensure proper ventilation.
  • Wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • Proper training for chemical handling.
  • Be cautious of health symptoms.
  • Be aware of first aid procedures.
  • Do not return contaminated or unused material to the original container.
  • Use proper tools to open chemical containers to prevent spillage
  • When pouring chemical substance handle with care to avoid splashing and spurting.
  • Keep the working area clean.

Follow these 5 steps to start performing mobile inspections

  1. Create a free iAuditor account to get started
  2. Download a template above and modify it for your workplace or browse our template library for more
  3. Install the iAuditor app on your mobile or tablet and perform an inspection
  4. Take photos, create actions and generate reports on your device Invite your teammates.
  5. Save time, save lives