Identifying Hazardous Substances At Home, In School and Workplace

Hazards could be present everywhere even in at home, in academic institutions, in the workplace especially in an environment that stores chemical substances. Hazard is the potential to cause harm and all hazards are defined, classified and indicated in SDS or Safety Data Sheets by the Globally Harmonized System. Visiting links like will help you assess the risks of Hazards in Australia. Click here

Hazards Present At Home

Most people keep in store a wide array of chemicals, chemical tanks or compressed gases. These could be chemical substances with acute toxicity like chlorine for the indoor pool and pesticides for the backyard garden. Accidental or voluntary consumption of these substances will be fatal.

Here are some other chemical substances or hazards that can be found at home:

1. Flammable substances or products – they are mostly found in body spray bottles that hold compressed gases that means the contents are under pressure and any exposure to heat or high temperature will cause it to explode.

2. Corrosive – these are household cleaners, rust removers, drain cleaners and other items that tend to cause irritation on the skin. It will cause a burning or stinging sensation.

3.Electrical Hazards – this could be the broken wall socket or the hanging wire from the ceiling that has the potential to electrocute or explode, causing a flash burn, thermal burn or blast injury.

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Hazards inside Academic Institutions

Many schools have a chemical laboratory that students can work on. Students should develop a safety ethic by having a good and applied knowledge of the basic principles and procedures of laboratory safety. For example, wearing a Personal Protective Equipment when doing a complex chemical experiment. See more hereĀ backyard garden

These are some chemical substances that pose a risk to students in a chemical laboratory in school:

1. Organ Toxicant Chemicals – an example is drinking a lethal dose (50%) of chlorine that will adversely deteriorate one or more organs or systems of the body that will be fatal.

2. Flammable Substances or Products – these are also present in chemical laboratories in the school. Example are Benzene, Ethanol and Methanol, common organic chemical compounds. The vapors from these compounds are flammable. Visit at SAES Safe Air Environmental Services

3. Halogens – they are Fluorine, Chlorine, Bromine, Iodine, Tennesine, and Astatine. They are the non-metallic elements that are corrosive, highly reactive and toxic in nature.

Hazards in The Workplace

Employees from science laboratories have a protocol to follow. This is called the RAMP system for hazard reduction.

Below are some of the chemical hazards found in the chemical laboratory workplace:

1. Explosive Lab Chemicals – examples are Acetyl Peroxide, Acetylene, and Ammonium Nitrate. These compounds are explosive when in contact with heat.

2. Asphyxiant – these are substances that can cause unconsciousness or death by suffocation. A good example is the inhaling of Carbon Monoxide.

3. BLEVE – it stands for Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion and an example is a propane tank. This can cause fire and a huge explosion.

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