Hazardous Materials Portal
Hazardous materials / chemicals can be released into the environment through a number
of means. Accidents can happen at railroads, highways and manufacturing plants. In many
cases, we cannot see or smell anything out of the ordinary.
In the event of an emergency, public safety agencies will provide information to the
public. Pay close attention to radio or television emergency alert stations (EAS) and
diligently follow any instructions given.
If you have an immediate, life-threatening
Many people think that chemicals only show up in the workplace. This isn't true. They
are to be found everywhere including our homes. Some
around our homes include:
- Oven Cleaners
- Flammable solvents
Before using any chemicals, always read the label
. There are many different
types of labels, but if a chemical is hazardous, the label will tell you. Get in the
habit of reading the labels on all containers and follow all instructions.
Chemicals also play important roles in the workplace. However, they are also the source
of many workplace hazards. You have a right to know
about any chemical hazards
in the workplace. This is why the Occupational Safety & Health Administration
created the Hazard
Communication Standard (HazCom)