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liquids and dangerous goods. In the workplace, flammable and combustible liquids are the most common group of hazardous chemicals used in Australia. The most common are petrol, kerosene and diesel fuel. To get information on the classification of flammable and combustible liquids the following should be consulted; The United Nations Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals. Information can be accessed from Safe Work Australia. The Australian Dangerous Goods Code. This can be accessed from the National Transport Commission. The Storage and handling of flammable and combustible liquids (AS1940) This is Australian Standard AS1940 and is available from Standards Australia. For further and the most up to date information please contact the relevant State health and safety regulator.
Hazardous chemicals are substances, mixtures, or products that can harm one’s health or put someone at risk of injury.
Chemicals need not be liquids – they can be solids or gases.
Health hazards are properties of a chemical that can cause disease or distress. Some chemicals are carcinogens or known to cause cancer. Toxic chemicals can cause skin irritation, infertility, birth defects, and other major illnesses. This can occur if the chemical is inhaled, touched, or ingested.
Physical hazards refer to a chemical’s ability to injure people on contact or cause damage to property. These chemicals may be flammable, for example. Other chemicals can be corrosive, which eat away at solid materials and through skin. Corrosive chemicals can damage skin and eyes if it makes contact.
Safely and properly storing chemicals of this nature is crucial for any workplace, even if the workplace does not use chemicals often and doesn’t have large quantities on hand at any given time. A large range of chemical storage cabinets and cupboards are available for sale in Australia.
Flammable or oxidising chemicals, even when not in use, can still pose a risk to workers and visitors. Flammable safety storage cabinets are sold in various sizes and configurations. Compressed gasses can suffocate or poison workers if they leak.
When incompatible chemicals mix, this can cause a chemical reaction. These reactions could cause explosions, fire, release toxic gas, or corrode containers which then go on to mix with other materials.
Everyone in your workplace needs to know:
– What chemicals are inside or around the workplace
– What chemicals could mix with one another and cause an adverse reaction
– How to minimise the risk of any such incident taking place by managing the risks and storing chemicals safely.
Not all chemicals are compatible with one another and it isn