Hygiene Stories

Chemical safety lessons from the experts

Written by Stefan Dubowski Thursday, 04 October 2012 09:07
Safety-minded organizations have new lessons to teach companies about protecting employees’ eyes and skin from chemical burns. One novel product that promises faster, more effective chemical neutralization; aprogram to help companies spread the word about eye safety; and a guide for small and mid-sized businesses for correct chemical handling.
NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. — Enform, the safety association for Canada’s upstream oil and gas industry, has developed a tool to help companies in the oil and gas sector manage chemical hazards.

Controlling Chemical Hazards in the Oil and Gas Industry is a new document developed by Enform, after both governments of Alberta and British Columbia have approached the organizations about the lack of knowledge among workers about chemicals and chemical hazards, according to Corinne Paul, program manager for Enform.
Over the past two decades, there have been some reasonable debates and some less reasonable marketing on the duration and energy of hydrocarbon flash fires, despite the fact that existing North American standards were quite clear on the subject. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) both defined flash fire with identical technical language: the main factors being diffused fuel in air, an ignition source, a rapidly moving flame front and a consequent duration of three seconds or less. 
For people who work in hotels, restaurants or catering facilities, exposure to certain common hazards means the body’s first line of defence — the skin — is under attack. The result can be an outright war on the skin cells, or in more correct terms, occupational contact dermatitis.
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