“Thirteen other employees and patrons were treated at hospitals after being exposed to a toxic mix of cleaning agents at a Massachusetts location, the authorities said. The episode occurred after a restaurant employee mixed an acidic detergent called Scale Kleen with a bleach-like cleaner sold as Super 8 to clean the kitchen floor, causing a chemical reaction, the authorities said”.
This news story highlights the importance of having a Hazardous Communication Program for chemicals in the workplace. Many businesses have workers who are exposed to hazardous chemicals on a regular basis, and need to have the right safety protocols in place.
6 Steps to Ensure an Effective Hazardous Communication Program:
- Know the standard and identify who will manage it
- Prepare and implement a written plan
- Ensure all chemical containers are labeled
- Maintain your safety data sheets
- Inform and train all employees
- Evaluate and reassess your program
Criteria of “Right to Know Training” for employees:
- What are the health hazards of a chemical
- How to handle and store chemicals
- How to prevent exposure to chemicals.
- Employees’ rights and employers’ duties under the law