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Chemical Sensitivity

A lab associate was exposed to a chemical when completing a reaction. The associate was sensitive to the chemical and has been advised to not work with the chemical.

 

Factors to consider in preventing a similar incident at your site include the following:

 

  • Isolating the employee from the chemical that causes sensitivity.
  • Using personal protective equipment (PPE) (safety glasses, gloves, lab coats etc) can prevent exposure to hazardous chemicals and contact with employees' skin.
  • Practicing good personal hygiene can prevent employees from exposure to hazardous chemicals.
  • Please take into account the routes of exposure and the appropriate controls as applicable:

INHALATION

        • Ventilation
        • Housekeeping, HEPA vacuums
        • Respirators
        • Isolation

INGESTION

        • Clean break and lunch rooms
        • Clean storage for food, etc.
        • Hand-washing facilities

SKIN ABSORPTION

        • Gloves
        • Chemical protective clothing

INJECTION

        • Design job to avoid contact

 

Consider this example as you complete today’s work activities.

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