On January 8, 2015, painters had the task of spraying
overhead pipework and steel. A painter noticed that there was fluid
dripping inside of an overhead light located below the visqueen area and
dripping on the floor. The painter
notified a coworker who went to retrieve some absorbing mats and then notify
the control room. One company worker arrived and went to the mezzanine
level to see if anyone was working overhead.
A painter working in the secured visqueen area was asked to see if he
could locate where the water was coming from. As he was investigating where the
leak was coming from, he started to remove the plastic wrap and some of the
fluid dripped on his hand and a spot on his face. He was told it was not water. The painter was
met by ERT personnel who took him to the restroom and had him shower for 15
minutes. Following the shower the worker dressed and was sent to EHS for
further evaluation. After being seen by
EHS, they explained to him the Safety Data Sheet and released him back to work with no
follow-up. A topical cream was applied to the affected area; and a prescription
topical cream was provided to the employee to use as needed. The Chemical was
determined to be Waste Solvent and had a PH Level of 11.6
Factors to consider
at your site or on your project include, but are not limited to, the following:
Do not perform work outside of your
intended scope such as looking for leaks.
If you feel uncomfortable performing a
task as asked by others, notify your Supervisor.
Do not presume clear liquid is water
in a manufacturing area.