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HOW TO WORK SAFELY WITH CHEMICALS

Working with chemicals can be a tricky process. If you stop to think about it, we all use chemicals in some shape or form every single day. Whether we clean our automobiles, chemicals are involved. Many of us use harsh chemicals that come labeled with warnings, as well. In order to stay safe when using any form of chemical agent, it’s important to keep the following pointers in mind.

THINGS YOU’LL NEED:
  • Thick, rubber gloves
  • Goggles
  • Chemicals
  • Hand soap hot water

Step 1: Know what you’re working with. One of the fastest ways to get hurt by chemicals is by unaware of what you’re using. Many chemicals agents react differently when combined together, so it’s important to know what you’re handling. Just like water and oil don’t mix, neither do many chemicals. Do your research. Read labels. Be prepared before you use any kind of chemical.

Step 2: Wear rubber or latex gloves. The only way to stay 100% safe when handling chemicals is by protection your hands. If you are handling a certain chemical and plan to work with a new one soon after, throw out the previous gloves and put on some fresh ones. By avoiding cross-contamination, you’ll ensure a safe and non-threatening experience.

Step 3: Protect your eyes! Safety goggles are must when working with chemicals of any kind. Many chemicals emit strong vapors that can absorb into your eyes when you breathe them in. This can be especially dangerous if you wear contact lenses. Always wear fully covered, plastic goggles when you open any chemicals bottle.

Step 4: Handle the chemicals carefully. The last thing you want is chemical burn, so avoid sloshing any form of chemical on your skin, rinse immediately with cold water for several minutes. If you notice a rash or burn appearing, you may notice a rash or burn appearing, you may want to head to the hospital or call the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Step 5: Change your clothes after working with chemicals. You may even wish to toss the cloths you used if any chemicals spilled on them. The last thing you want is your whole load of laundry to go awry from the spread of one chemical.

Step 6: Always work in a well-ventilated area. Blow some fans. Work outside if possible, the better your lungs will withstand harsh chemicals. Wear a covering over your mouth and nose if you’re working with a highly concen - trated chemical.

Step 7: Label chemical containers and bottles. Many chemical users place liquids or powders in non-labeled containers for storage purposes, and at times, this can be dangerous. You want to keep a record of what substance is in which bottle, as to avoid contamination or improper use.