Chemical Safety at Humber
Do you work with chemical products or
Do you know what the potential hazards are and
how to protect yourself and others?
Before using any
product, whether it is WHMIS-controlled, or purchased off the shelf as a
consumer product, it is important to know the hazards associated with that
material and how to protect yourself and people around you.
important safety tips:
Tips for Using, Handling
and Storing Chemicals Safely:
- Read the product’s
label and Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) before using the product and as
often as necessary to remain familiar with the product’s hazards and how to use
- Report any missing
MSDSs or missing/damaged labels to your supervisor.
- Follow the instructions
and safe work practices provided by your supervisor.
- Be familiar with
the health and safety procedures to follow in the event of fire, chemical
spill, or medical emergency.
- Use all required
personal protective equipment (PPE) which may include items such as gloves,
safety goggles, face shield and respiratory protection.
- Be aware of
chemical incompatibilities. Mixing incompatible chemicals together can initiate
dangerous and unpredictable reactions.
- If you are unsure,
ask your supervisor and get the information you need.
Employees who work
with WHMIS-controlled products, or supervise those who do, are required to
complete Humber’s WHMIS Blackboard training course. Course registration is
coordinated by Health and Safety Services.