Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (HIRA) - Hazardous chemicals


Many chemicals used in breweries and distilleries, such as cleaning solvents and sanitizing chemicals, can cause conditions ranging from minor skin irritation to serious injury or disease. All B.C. workplaces that use hazardous products are required to follow the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS). The system uses labels and safety data sheets (SDSs) to provide specific information on handling, storing, and disposing of hazardous products. Workers must be trained in WHMIS 2015 and informed of any hazardous products they’re expected to work with.

Risk Control  

Reduce or minimize the risk of exposure by following these guidelines:

  • Get SDSs for all the chemicals used in your workplace, including chemicals used at the quality assurance laboratory. Suppliers should provide SDSs with chemical products. If you don’t have an SDS for a product, look for the supplier’s name on the label and ask them for one. 
  • Read labels and SDSs for hazardous products. Follow safe work procedures.
  • Keep SDSs readily available in a binder.
  • Get updated SDSs for products every three years.
  • Make sure that containers have appropriate labels identifying the contents of substances.
  • This also applies to transfer containers, such as buckets, spray bottles, and carboys, if they’re used for multiple shifts.
  • Store chemicals/substances in a well and appropriated ventilated, secured area. Post warning signs.
  • Ensure only compatible chemicals and or substances are stored close to one.
  • other. Acids and bases should be stored in separate locations to prevent mixing in case of a spill.
  • Use PPE (for example, clothing, rubber gloves, goggles, and face shields) as recommended by the manufacturer’s SDS and required by safe work procedures.
  • Before removing gloves, wash them underwater. Wash your hands after removing the gloves.
  • Work in a well-ventilated area with approved fire protection system.
  • If needed, install eyewash and shower stations close to your chemical storage areas.
  • Ensure hose fittings and connections are securely and safely fastened. Bad connections can result in exposure to hazardous substances, such as caustic, hot water, or compressed air.

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