Chemical Burns on Construction Sites
Each year, construction workers are harmed on job sites as a result of chemical exposure and burns. A main cause of these accidents is the failure to recognize the dangers associated with the chemicals that can cause chemical burns, respiratory problems, fires and explosions. To prevent these incidents from happening, follow these five steps.
- Maintain a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) for Each Chemical in the Facility
According to OSHA, “The SDS includes information such as the properties of each chemical; the physical, health, and environmental health hazards; protective measures; and safety precautions for handling, storing, and transporting the chemical. The information contained in the SDS must be in English (although it may be in other languages as well).” The SDS allows all employees to have a written guide to the chemicals in their vicinity. While the primary language for the SDS must be English, it is essential to provide an SDS in any language that is most comfortable for employees to ensure comprehension. All employees should be trained on how to read and use the SDS. If employees are unclear as to how to read the SDS, it will not be an effective tool.
- Train Employees Properly
Employees should be properly trained in the handling of chemicals and what to do if they have been exposed. All employees should be aware of proper precautions, storage, and usage to prevent incidents before they happen. All information about the chemical should come from the chemical’s manufacturer. Additionally, all employees should be well versed on any hazards of the chemicals they will be working with.
- Have a Written Spill Control Plan
When a spill occurs, it is imperative to swiftly and thoroughly clean the area. All employees should be trained on the manufacturer’s instructions for clean up and a clean up kit should be kept where chemicals are stored. By having a written spill control plan in chemical storage areas, you can ensure that all employees are aware of what to do if a spill happens.
- Provide Proper Protective Equipment
When handling hazardous chemicals, it is important to have the appropriate protective equipment. This can include gloves, goggles, protective clothing, and proper transport materials. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure a safe work space, and as such, all employees must be provided with appropriate protective equipment.
- Store Chemicals Safely and Securely
Chemicals should be stored in a safe location where they cannot be accidently knocked into and spilled. Additionally, all chemicals should be kept away from open flame to prevent explosions and fires. Chemicals should be locked when necessary and absolutely kept out of reach of untrained personnel. If working in a home site, it is important to keep chemicals out of reach of children and animals.
Exposure to dangerous and toxic chemicals can wreak havoc on physical health and abilities. Chemicals have the ability to cause:
- Lung Damage
- Liver Damage
- Vision Loss
If you or a loved one has suffered from toxic exposure that resulted from negligence, it is vital that you have legal representation to address your claim. No matter how the injury came about, it is important that you contact the Long Island personal injury attorney as soon as possible after the toxic exposure, as such cases must be filed in a timely manner. Our legal team will fight aggressively in pursuing maximum compensation for the innocent victim.