This number is really shocking! Chemical safety management has been one of the most concerned issues in the organization to ensure the safety of employees and meet the requirements of the regulations. Chemical accidents may occur in the process of production, storage, transportation, use and even disposal. If chemicals are not used or released safely in your living, working and recreational environment, your organization and community will be in danger.
With the rapid outbreak of covid – 19, the limitations and lack of visibility in the workplace make it more difficult to manage chemical hazards. While the world is still looking for ways to cope with the pandemic of covid-19, organizations have begun to emphasize improving the health, safety and well-being of employees. Their focus now is to integrate safety into all chemical processes. The company is receiving the help of environmental and safety experts, examining their facility standards, and building awareness and caution among employees. It is necessary to communicate continuously, especially for visibility of additional components when and when the process is not followed.
The recent OSHA control and prevention program provides:
The employer shall adopt an infection control strategy based on a comprehensive risk assessment, which is appropriate to integrate engineering and administrative controls, safe work practices and personal protective equipment (PPE) to prevent workers from contacting. Some occupational safety and health standards for occupational exposure to sars-cov-2 also require employers to train workers in the prevention of infection, including personal protective equipment.
No matter it is the construction industry, mobile equipment manufacturer, even pharmaceutical company, few industries and industries in the world can be protected from the harm of chemicals. Even reports have been made that chemical related accidents occur in the most unlikely organizations.
In the United States, 90 per cent of industrial materials and waste come from the following four industries:
Main production metal
Dangerous chemicals exist in most of the consumer goods around us, from home appliances such as TV, refrigerator, personal computer to household appliances such as furniture, carpet, cleaning products, etc. On the one hand, we use chemicals to purify our drinking water, increase crop production and simplify daily household chores. On the contrary, if used or handled improperly, some chemicals can cause serious harm to human life and environment.
For example, BPA, a chemical, exists in plastics that we live and come into contact with, and it is known to cause hormone problems.
Exposure to and handling of hazardous chemicals in the workplace: measuring impacts
Exposure to chemicals and hazardous physical agents can lead to a variety of adverse health conditions. Cancer is one of the most important reasons. Lung cancer accounts for 86 percent of all premature deaths in the workplace due to the inhalation of carcinogens. According to the United Nations report in 2019, the number of workers worldwide has died every year, due to unhealthy and unsafe working conditions, over 2.8 million. A worker died of leukemia because he was exposed to toxic substances every day. Another worker died of carbon dioxide poisoning.
In 2019, OSHA listed several incidents of environmental health and safety damage caused by chemical exposure:
A pet food manufacturer in Florida has exposed employees to corrosive chemicals because they do not provide protective equipment.
A Pennsylvania based salon has exposed employees to formaldehyde when using retouch products because of inadequate precautions. It requires a fine of $17500 for those who do not comply with OSHA formaldehyde and hazard communication standards.
Workers at an instrument factory in Ohio are exposed to toxic copper dust, using more than the recommended allowable levels. As a result, the company had to pay a huge $200230 fine for two and seven serious violations of safety and health.
An indoor shooting range in Texas exposed workers to unsafe lead levels. The employer was fined 214387 yuan for exceeding the allowable exposure, polluting the surface and replacing the damaged PPE.