You can avoid accidents, injuries, or contamination by working safely and following the rules.
When accidents do happen, it is important to stay calm and report the incident to your supervisor immediately.
A worker who is trained in first aid should evaluate the injury and decide on the best treatment plan.
First aid training that includes certification classes in CPR and artificial respiration could be the best insurance you and your fellow worker ever receive.
• Make sure that you know where first aid is available at your job site.
• Be familiar with the accident reporting procedure.
• Each job site should also have a first aid manual or booklet giving easy to find emergency treatment procedures for various types of injuries.
• Emergency first aid telephone numbers should be readily available to everyone on the job site.
The solvents that are used by plumbers may give off vapors that are toxic enough to make people temporarily ill or even cause permanent injury.
Many solvents are skin and eye irritant. Solvents can also be systemic poisons when they are swallowed or absorbed through the skin.
Solvent in spray or aerosol form are dangerous in another way. Small aerosol particles or solvent vapors mix with air to form a combustible mixture with oxygen. The slightest spark could cause an explosion in a confined area because the mix is perfect for fast ignition.
There are procedures and methods for using, storing, and disposing of most solvents and chemicals. These procedures are normally found in the materials safety data sheets (MSDSs) available at your facility.
An MSDS is required for all materials that could be hazardous to personnel or equipment. These sheets contain information on the materials, such as the manufacturer and chemical makeup.
This information is used to rectify the problem in as safe a manner as possible as possible as well as to prevent a dangerous situation.