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Safe Handling Guidelines

Employees should treat all chemicals and equipment with caution and respect.

When working with chemicals, remember to do the following:

  • Remove and use only the amount of chemicals needed for the immediate job at hand.
  • Properly seal, label, and store chemicals in appropriate containers. Keep the containers clearly marked and in a well-ventilated area.
  • Check stored chemicals for deterioration and broken containers.
  • Learn how to dispose of chemicals safely and legally. Follow your components waste disposal requirements.
  • Clean up spills and leaks immediately.
  • Know what to do in an emergency.

Likewise, when working with chemicals, remember the following:

  • Do not store chemicals near heat or sunlight or near substances which might initiate a dangerous reaction.
  • Do not transport unprotected chemicals between the work area and other areas. Use a tray, rack, cart or rubber carrier. Always use a secondary container when transporting hazardous or highly odorous chemicals on an elevator.
  • Do not pour hazardous chemicals down the sink.
  • Do not put fellow workers or yourself in danger.