Chemicals in the Workplace – Don’t Leave Yourself Exposed
WHAT’S AT STAKE
Most of us don’t give much thought to the chemicals we are at risk for exposure to at work. But did you know that workers in North America are exposed to 650,000 chemicals and chemical exposure causes 50,000 deaths and 200,000 injuries every year?
WHAT’S THE DANGER?
Chemical hazards and toxic substances pose a wide range of physical and health hazards. Chemicals can be flammable, corrosive or reactive and cause fires and explosions. This safety talk is going to focus on health hazards—including irritation to the eyes, nose and throat; rashes and life threatening allergic reactions; organ failure; blindness; and cancer.