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AT LAST REPORT there were 213,000 chemicals and chemical
compounds being used in this country. And each year thousands of new
chemical compounds are produced, and become part of our lives at home and at
work. Nearly 1.5 billion tons of hazardous materials are transported annually in
the U.S., over the road or by rail, aircraft or vessel. A lot of these products
improve our lives, but many are harmful to our health and to the environment.
The trouble is, these substances become so common to us, we are in danger of
using them casually.
A hazardous material is defined as: "A substance (gas,
liquid or solid) capable of creating harm to people, the environment, and
property." Examples are: solvents, paints, gasoline, adhesives and
lubricants. They include materials as common as Drano and as toxic as nuclear
fuel. Many people have suffered serious health problems from exposure to
hazardous materials. Many areas of our environment have been critically damaged
by accidental chemical releases. Trying to understand all the government
agencies that regulate these matters is mind-boggling. But, we must all
understand the potential harm in these materials, and how to use them and
dispose of them properly.
The term HAZCOM refers to the Hazard Communication
Standard, which requires that employees receive training about the chemicals
they use in their work. This is sometimes called the "Workers' Right To
Know" program. OSHA requires all employers to implement this program.
A FEW THINGS TO REMEMBER ABOUT HAZARDOUS MATERIALS:
TAKE CARE WITH CHEMICALS:
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