Thursday, June 18, 2009

Classification of chemical

Chemical usage had entered into our human daily life. The convenience & effectiveness had usually blind our rational in decision if using a chemical is required. Nonetheless, chemicals had already establish a firm ground to stay, for a very long time. They may appear in solid, liquid or gas form. Some may be visible, some may not. Some may come with a odor, some odorless. Some can kill instantly (acute effect), others may kill you slowly (chronic effect) & some may not have significant effect on humans. So, to ensure everyone know of the potential harm associated when they use the chemicals, it's best to classify your chemical in an international format so to alert users of the danger when they attempt to use the chemical. I'd attached a Hazard Rating list (courtesy from BRADY), integrated with the types of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to be use. You may use this as a guide to classify your chemicals in ensure Chemical Safety in your workplace.

Please take note, you are to classified your chemicals ONLY via the information stated in the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) of the chemical.

E.g: With reference to the chemical MSDS, you may rate a chemical with slight toxicity, a flash point of 85°F, stable condition under normal condition with recommended PPE of safety glasses & glove as 130B. Of course you may consider giving it a number for your easy reference.

Of course, to truly understand the types of hazards associated with the chemical, it's to your best interest to read up the MSDS for more details. Shall you have intention to use or purchase this rating sticker, please visit BRADY websites for more information.

Safe working always.

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