Chemicals and occupational safety laws impose on operators a number of obligations to protect people and the environment from hazardous chemicals. The requirement to protect the health of workers, for example, applies to companies and other entities, irrespective of the scope of the activity. Lack of understanding of these requirements by the employer does not exempt them from liability or the requirement to comply with the legislation. It is advisable to look for tools and other methods to manage your chemical safety in order to ensure you and your employees are aware of the hazards of chemicals in the workplace.
Chemical Safety Concerns Everyone
Chemical and occupational safety legislation imposes on operators a number of obligations to protect people and the environment from hazardous chemicals - regardless of the scale of their activities.
How can Safety Manager help you complete your organisations Risk Assessments?
For SMEs, there are a number of difficulties in monitoring legislation and implementing protection measures, either due to lack of knowledge or will, especially when chemicals are not the company’s core business. Businesses may find it difficult to find employees who understand the legislation and all its obligation as well as being able to put chemical risk management measures in place to protect employees and the environment. Sometimes companies do not even realize that dangerous chemicals are used in the daily operation of the company. Due to this, accident prevention is often poor.
By sharing information on dangerous chemicals in the supply chain, taking care of workers’ health and the environment, the company can ensure its continuity and profitability. An individual employee, especially in small businesses, can play a critical role in a number of key aspects of the business. This can lead to a concentrated wealth of knowledge being held by limited personnel in the company. In this case, an accident in the workplace or an unpredictable absence may lead to a disruption of processes of production. A well-trained and experienced employee can be expensive to replace if/when this absence occurs.
In addition to personal injury, indifference to obligations and health and safety measures may result in, for example, damage to reputation, fines, imprisonment and interruption of activities. The poor reputation and irresponsibility of the company could also make it difficult to recruit and engage good employees.
Quality service solutions help you meet your obligations and create a culture of safety
There are two main pieces information your company requires to provide detailed information to employees on chemical safety; safety data sheets and risk assessments. A safety data sheet is a basic source of information on dangerous chemicals in the supply chain. It allows the operator to legally identify and assess in writing the hazards and assess the risks associated with the use of a chemical and to design and implement appropriate risk management measures.
In practice, updating and analysing the information in safety data sheets in order to create risk assessments is a time consuming and sometimes a never-ending job.
Small businesses, in particular, should focus on their core business and outsource the management and up-to-date management of chemical information to a trusted entity.
Having a good health and safety culture in your business is very important. However, in order for employees to work in the best possible way, relevant information must be provided to staff in a way that is readily understood. Key tools for managing chemical data is the best investment for business continuity. Would your company still have room to improve your chemical safety?