How To Handle Dangerous Goods At Workplace

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Workplace safety is one of key aspects for employees and hence the company regularly implants important safety rules to avoid any untoward incidents while working. Most of the multi-national companies invest huge money to provide workplace safety instruction training classes to their employees to understand about workplace safety. Click here to find more about safety at workplaces. According to safework.nsw.gov.au, it is advisable to get to know what dangerous goods are and how to handle these dangerous goods safely. You can see below the types of dangerous good and how to take care of it to avoid any incidents.

Dangerous Goods
Dangerous goods can either be some objects or substances and these goods are directly or indirectly dangerous to people and sometimes to the environment. These goods will be either in the form of explosives or chemicals. Some goods are highly inflammable. These goods have to be managed, stored and transported with extremely safe methods. Keep in mind that while handling some specific goods you need to follow the local laws and their rules and regulations.

Dangerous goods are classified in different ways in order to identify them easily. This will help the people who handle these at various locations to handle the goods as per product handling instructions. Some countries label these dangerous goods with unique identification numbers. You can easily identify the products full details just by checking these numbers such as product category, the country from where the products are shipped, the destination location and the handling instructions. Some sort of chemicals is also classified as hazardous substances. Employees who handle this kind of dangerous goods or hazardous substances have to follow all the local laws and also the standard rules and regulations.

The common dangerous goods are compressed oxygen or other liquid gases, explosives, flammable liquids including alcohol and flammable solids, such as nitrocellulose, infectious substances, oxidizing substances, such as ammonium dichromate or pool chlorine, radioactive materials.

Types
Dangerous goods are categorized according to their characteristics of substance. This will help to identify the nature of dangerousness and to handle the product accordingly. Some products are classified into two categories such as main category and sub-category. For example, chlorine gas is first classified as toxic under the main category and then into corrosive under the sub-category.

As the same type of goods is labeled under packing group I, II, III while transporting from one place to another location where packing group 1 denotes highly dangerous goods and packing code III denotes low dangerous goods.

Risky goods in workplaces need to be categorized and labeled as per the GHS (Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals) policy or as per the rules set by the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations. These are global standard labeling systems and hence can be easily identified and handled by any country.

Handling Process
There are standard rules and regulation for handling, storing and transporting dangerous goods. The companies which deal with dangerous goods have to comply with these rules and regulations all the time without fail. They have to use proper warning signs at key areas in a way to cover the entire company premises.

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