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Chemical Protection Articles

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How Long Am I Safe?

Frank Schaaf is Head Nurse at Evonik’s multi-user site in Antwerp. His approach to calculating safe-use times for coveralls used for protection against chemicals on site brings a level of understanding to an issue commonly misinterpreted in the industry, which deserves consideration by anyone involved in hazardous chemical protection.

Chemical Hazards

If you were to ask the average worker how concerned he or she is about chemicals, most would probably answer that they don’t work with or around chemicals. Unfortunately, most people work with chemicals whether they realise it or not.

Gloves for Chemical Protection

In many workplaces it is common to find gloves being worn to protect workers against the hazards represented by the chemicals they may be exposed to.

Chemical Protective Attire

Ali Sadeddin presents guidelines for the selection and use of chemical protective clothing.

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Chemicals in the Workplace and their Management

Chris Packham looks at chemicals in the workplace and their management, with particular emphasis on skin exposure and its consequences.

Expect the Unexpected

Work environments ranging from large petrochemical complexes to small retail stores present a vast variety of hazards, resulting in a nearly a million work related injuries and illnesses every day across the world. The International Labour Organization published this devastating statistic in 2009, and unfortunately, the situation is not getting any better.

Controlling Chemical Risks

Invisible Threats

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Radioactive Ratios

Chemical Awareness

Chemical Considerations

Solvent Safety

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Chemical Solutions

Petrochemical Hazard Control

Bridging the Protection Abyss

Arc Flash Protection

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Chemical Roulette

Chemicals In The Workplace

Chemical Hazards

Chemical Protective PPE

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Holistic Solutions for Chemical Protection

EHS News: A compromise of many elements This is not a rigorous treatise on chemical protection, but a broad overview, based on principles – for an international audience – and our experiences. Chem

Mining The Depths of Safety

Mining is an ancient occupation, long recognised as being arduous and liable to hold the potential for injury and disease. The lifecycle of mining consists of exploration, mine development, mine operation, decommissioning and land rehabilitation.

Researching Chemical Protection

Research into the detection and prevention of exposure to chemicals has a long history in Sweden. Carin Håkansta gives a brief overview of the policy context that enabled this type of OSH research to prosper, how policies have changed over time and how those changes affected the area. Furthermore, she describes how Swedish research on chemical exposures has developed through time. Finally, in order to give a flavour of research today, three examples of ongoing research projects funded by FAS in the area of chemical risks are presented.

Safety on the High Seas

Although there have been no work related deaths in the UK offshore industry for the last four years, health and safety professionals know that if disaster does strike it can have catastrophic human consequences.

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Blinded by Bad Habits

Your eyes are a valuable asset. Could you imagine a day without sight? Our eyes have been called the most complex organ in our bodies, with six million cone cells giving us detailed colour daytime vision to 120 million rod cells giving us our dim light, or night vision. The value and capability of our eyes is truly priceless.

Changing the Chemistry of Safety

When it comes to safety performance, chemical organisations deserve a lot of credit. Despite high-hazard processes and materials, these businesses have largely outpaced other industry organisations in safety performance and injury reduction.

Industrial Hand Protection

2012-10-10 EHS News: Car buyers tend to purchase a vehicle to meet their application and set a specification for a suitable car to meet their needs, whether that’s farming, urban road or rally driving - this ensure

Chemical Contamination

Chemicals play a major role in everyday life. They are used extensively throughout industrial sectors as well as in private residences. Products from the chemical industry provide the foundations for nearly all manufacturing activities. They are found in the making of a wide variety of products ranging from pesticides to man-made fabric, and even cosmetics.

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Choosing Gloves To Protect Skin

The Health and Safety Executive is an independent regulator with a remit of ‘putting those who put others in danger before the courts’. The HSE also provides support to businesses. Here they share their wisdom about the use of gloves as a form of PPE, while suggesting numerous alternatives.

Chemical Protection

Chemical incidents can be of various types. Some result in the need for minor first aid while others are disastrous accidents, involving the use of hazardous chemicals – which can be toxic, flammable or reactive.

Chemical Protective Suits

It is crucial that protective suits do what they say on the tin, or workers may be exposed to highly hazardous chemicals, radioactivity or biological agents. Not only is it essential that users select the right type of protective coverall, but the coverall must perform to the standard specified on the label.

Reach

The European REACH Regulation came into force on June 1, 2007, and affects not only all sectors of the wider chemical industry, but also sectors of industry where chemical products are used.

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Benzene Monitoring

Environmental concerns continue to exert downward pressure on the detection limits of monitoring systems. Benzene, along with other aromatics, is coming under increasing scrutiny in the European Union, and the United States is also re-examining current permissible levels.

CBRN PPE

This year and in early 2012 the Emergency response community will start to see products being introduced to the marketplace that comply with a new series of National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) product performance standards. These standards have one major goal in mind, and that is to protect emergency personnel as they respond to incidents involving chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear (CBRN) threat.

Footwear for Chemical Protection

SATRA’s Peter Doughty highlights some key requirements and latest developments for chemical protection footwear intended for supply into the EU.

CBRN PPE

PPE is ever evolving to keep up with the relentless ‘progression’ of chemicals, substances and machinery which could cause harm to the operator or others.

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Ensuring Chemical Protection - Minimising the risks chemical hazards can have on workers

The British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF) is the leading trade body within the UK safety industry and an HSE-recognised competent authority. Its members include manufacturers, distributors, test houses, certification bodies, safety professionals and service providers. Here the BSIF looks at the issue of chemical protection and offers advice on how to ensure employees remain safe.

Comfort Based Safety - Protective Workwear Tailored to the Toughest Environments

The most challenging jobs - be they in oil and gas, or electrical utility - often require the toughest protective apparel. But the tougher the protective garment, the more discomfort can result in a ponderous workday, impinging on productivity or affecting compliance issues. The primary purpose of protective garments is protection, functionability and identification. Comfort, fit, style and overall wearability was never given adequate consideration, as we have gathered over these 40 years of exposure to the industry: innovations have not been able to pair the two factors of protection and comfort, resulting in unsafe operating procedures.

Chemical Safety

Emergency safety showers and eye/facewash units provide vital first aid in the event of an industrial accident where workers may be contaminated with potentially dangerous substances. The aim is to start treatment as quickly as possible and therefore reduce the impact of an injury until trained medical help arrives. To do this requires the right equipment, in the right place. Also, it must be easily accessible and maintained in good working order, ready for immediate action. For minor injuries, this first-aid may be the only treatment required but for more serious injuries, effective decontamination can mean the difference between life and death.

Hand in Glove

Chemicals coming into contact with the skin can cause diseases on the skin or elsewhere in the body due to skin absorption of chemicals. The hands are the most exposed and affected parts of the skin. Approximately 80 per cent of all work-related skin disease on the hands is irritant and allergic contact dermatitis. Skin absorption of chemicals can cause poisoning and several diseases such as cancer, nervous system disorders and kidney diseases. To protect workers from effects of skin exposure to hazardous chemicals, the UK industry uses thousands of pairs of chemical protective gloves each year, costing millions of pounds to purchase, store, use and dispose of.

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Far REACHing Objectives

How do you objectively assess the risk of a chemical? Ever tried to compare safety data sheets on the same substance from different suppliers? What are the risk management measures you need when using a chemical in your factory? What should you do to minimise the environmental impact of a chemical when it leaves your site? Who really decides what constitutes an acceptable risk of using a chemical? Are chemical users across Europe playing on a level playing field and just where did those lists of banned chemicals come from?

Streamlining Regulations

Control of the use and disposal of chemicals. REACH is the EU Regulation on the Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals which entered into force on 1 June 2007. It places duties on all manufacturers, importers and users of chemicals in the European Union, and is aimed at ensuring adequate control of risks to humans and the environment from the manufacture, use and disposal of chemicals.

Chemicals In Our Environment

Effective enforcement of chemical and environmental legislation is essential to achieve positive results from the risk-management strategies developed in the European Union. Within the European chemical and environmental sectors there is strong interaction and co-operation between the old and new EU Member States and EU Candidate Countries.

Eliminate The Risks

Under the Health and Safety at Work Etc Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 employers have a legal duty to protect their employees (and anyone else affected) during their work activities.

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Hazardous Materials Management

Any facility or product manager should already have noticed it. We are facing some fundamental regulatory changes that will change the way in which one can or has to handle hazardous materials.

Handling HazMat Emergencies

Planning for emergencies is one of the most critical elements of the emergency response effort. However, planning involves more than drafting a written document.

 

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