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If you don’t preach safety in your workplace, now is a good time to start. If employees aren’t always aware of the hazards that they face everyday, you need to ensure they do. One way to do that is to tell them about the hazards they face.

How can it hurt me?

Many chemicals pose health problems to humans. “Physical hazards” are those chemicals that are:

  • Explosive;
  • Flammable (gases, aerosols, liquids, or solids);
  • Oxidizers (liquid, solid, or gas);
  • Self-reactive;
  • Pyrophoric (liquid or solid);
  • Self-heating;
  • Organic peroxides;
  • Corrosive to metal;
  • Gas under pressure; or
  • Emitters of flammable gas when in contact with water.

Workers can come into contact with chemicals in three ways:

  • Through the skin — burning, irritation, or penetration of the skin into the body.
  • Ingestion — swallowing a chemical by eating contaminated food, or by touching the mouth or handling food with contaminated fingers.
  • Inhalation — breathing in toxic dust or vapors.