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Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) and Laboratory Safety
WHAT IS WHMIS?? • A Canadian-wide Information System • Designed to protect the worker • Provides information about hazardous materials • Provides workers with the right to be informed
“No employer may allow the use, handling or storage of a Controlled Product in a workplace unless the product carries a label and a material safety data sheet which meet the requirements of this Act and the regulations and unless the worker has received the training and information required to carry out the work entrusted to him safely”.IT’S THE LAW!!!!
Main Elements of WHMIS • LABELS • MSDS • TRAINING
LABELS • Supplier • Workplace • Laboratory
CLASS A: Compressed Gas
CLASS B: Flammable and Combustible Material
CLASS C: Oxidizing Materials
CLASS D: Controlled Products Division 1: Materials Causing Immediate and Serious Toxic Effects Division 2: Materials Causing Other Toxic Effects Division 3: Biohazardous Infectious Materials
CLASS E: Corrosive Materials
CLASS F: Dangerously Reactive Materials
NOT CLASSIFIED AS CONTROLLED PRODUCTS • Explosives • Radioactive materials • Domestic goods • Cosmetics • Food and drug additives • Drugs and diagnostic chemicals • Pesticides • Hazardous waste
TRAINING: Lab Safety • Maintain quiet, orderly behaviour • Be alert • Do not leave experiments unattended • Know the lab procedure • Avoid loose, bulky clothing • Tie back long hair • No shorts or sandals • No food or drink • Stay out of the Storage Room
Lab Safety • Wear safety goggles • Know location and operation of safety equipment • Know escape route • Keep work areas clean and tidy • Do not carry hot or dangerous chemicals through a crowd • Always waft odors towards your nose • Wash hands after handling any chemical • Remove electric plugs with the plug, not the cord
Lab Safety • Never taste chemicals • Broken glass should be placed in a container provided for that purpose • Dispose of chemicals as instructed by the teacher • Never return unused solutions to stock containers or reagent bottles • Rinse any skin burn immediately with lots of water • Report all injuries, regardless of how minor • Beware of drops on the table, they may be corrosive
WELCOME TO THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF CHEMISTRY… You have just receivedWHMIS training for Secondary School Science Programs BE SAFE and ENJOY!!!