Safety, December 20, 2010

Here are some rules about chemical containers you should be aware of and follow

Here are some rules about chemical containers you should be aware of and follow:

  • Don't write on container labels, and don't remove them.
  • Label any container you use before pouring the chemical in it.
  • You can use a smaller "work container" rather than the big can of solvent or whatever it is you’re using. However, use a proper container, not a cut-off soda or coffee can.
  • If something's in an unmarked container, don't use it. If the label isn't clear, treat the container as unmarked. Report such containers to your supervisor.
  • For some substances, you can return the unused material to the original container. For other substances, you can’t. Know the answer to the return/dispose question for every material you're using.
  • Properly stow (dispose of or return) materials when you no longer need them for the day (end of shift or end of task, whichever is first).
  • Don't mix substances or chemicals, unless your work procedure calls for it. Mixing the wrong chemicals can prove fatal.
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