Chemical Hazards Emergency Information
Chemicals are a natural and important part of our environment. Under certain conditions, chemicals can be poisonous or have a harmful effect on your health. Some chemicals, which are safe and even helpful in small amounts, can be harmful in larger quantities or under certain conditions.You may be exposed to a chemical in three ways:
- Inhaling (breathing in the chemical).
- Ingesting (swallowing contaminated food, water, medication, or other chemicals).
- Touching the chemical, or coming into contact with clothing or things that have touched the chemical.
Many chemicals are colorless and odorless. Remember, you may be exposed to chemicals even though you may not be able to see or smell anything unusual.
Chemical accidents can be prevented with proper knowledge and management of chemicals. Read labels on all chemical containers and follow the manufacturer's instructions for using them and how to treat unwanted exposures.
Comply with all rules and procedures established for the storage and use of chemicals in industrial and laboratory applications.
For more information, please see: Chemical Hazards Response Guide>>