A Chemical has properties which can cause harm to humans and also to the environment.
Chemicals can occur naturally and are also manufactured.
Arsenic and Radon are naturally occurring Chemicals.
A few examples of manufactured Chemicals are as follows:
- Cleaning materials
- Fumes (Soldering, welding)
- Sawdust (Hardwood or Soft wood)
How can a Chemical enter a Human body?
- Inhalation via the lungs
- ingestion via the mouth
- absorption through the skin
Some of the harmful effects can be diseases of the skin and the respiratory system, asphyxiation, disorders of the Central nervous system and cancer.
Safety Data Sheets are available for all chemicals and must be provided by the Supplier.
A Specific Risk Assessment for the Chemical must then be carried out, recorded and communicated to all affected Employees.
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