Why HazCom Training is Essential for Working With Cleaning Solvents

Many employees that use cleaning solvents as part of their job do not consider themselves in danger of hazardous chemical exposure. However, certain products can cause significant harm if mishandled. Most employees will come into contact with cleaning solvents at some point during their career, even if this is just when they are cleaning their workstation.

Concerning the safety of these products, their level of risk is often associated with whether they are considered safe for consumer use. If these products are for use by the general public, Hazard Communications (HazCom) training is not legally required. If these products are industrial strength or employees are at risk of high levels of exposure, HazCom training is legally required and necessary.

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Chemical importers and manufacturers must evaluate the hazards associated with the chemicals that they produce or import. Labels and safety data sheets must be prepared to make customers aware of any potential dangers that may arise from exposure to or contact with these products. These requirements are all following the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

All employers that require the use of hazardous chemicals in the workplace are required to provide labels and datasheets for all exposed workers. The purpose of HazCom training is to teach workers how to safely and correctly use these chemicals. Even with seemingly innocuous products such as solvents, workers must be able to recognize the signs of chemical exposure. 

The Dangers of Cleaning Solvents

HazCom training teaches employees about common dangers associated with handling and using cleaning solvents. For example, workers will be informed that mixing ordinary cleaning products, such as ammonia and bleach, can cause severe lung issues, and could prove fatal in extreme circumstances. 

Exposure to cleaning solvents may cause:

  • Irritated or itchy skin
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Rashes
  • Asthma onset
  • Irritation to the eyes
  • Chemical burns

While most workers that experience such reactions work in the industrial cleaning field, any employee can be at risk when cleaning solvents are used in their workplace.

Frequent Updates

HazCom training requires frequent updates to the safety data sheets when new versions are released. Employers are fully responsible for ensuring that all chemical containers in the workplace comply with HazCom labeling and other safety requirements.

To schedule a consultation or for more information about the hazards of cleaning solvents, contact us today.