Employers and factory owners must understand the dangers of exposure to hazardous gases and take adequate safety measures to protect workers and expensive equipment from getting damaged in the event of a fire or an explosion.
Some Hazardous Gases Can Be Easily Absorbed By Human Lungs
Workplace safety is significant because some hazardous gases produced as a byproduct or processed in a facility can be easily absorbed by human lungs. One such gas that is easily absorbed is hydrogen sulfide. Some of these types of gases are difficult to detect as they are colorless and even odorless. When workers inhale these dangerous gases, it can have an adverse impact on their health and affect their work.
Stuart Radnedge said in a recent article:
“Very poisonous at even low concentrations, hydrogen sulfide is a colorless, extremely hazardous gas that can be rapidly absorbed by a worker’s lungs,” said Mark Stromme, editor of workplace safety content for J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. “Exposure at very high concentrations can cause nearly instant death.”
Mishandling Chemicals Can Result In Fires & Explosions
Another reason for owners of industrial facility to evaluate workplace safety concerns is that untrained workers could mishandle chemicals, resulting in an explosion or causing a fire.
Kathy Webb, OSHA’s area director in Calumet City said in a recent article;
“Workers have the right to know what workplace chemicals they are exposed to and to be protected against exposure, which can have severe health effects. Mishandling chemicals can result in catastrophic fires and explosions. It is the employer’s responsibility to protect workers from these hazards.”
It is important for employers to provide training to workers and educate them about the safe methods of handling chemicals and gases in the facility in order to prevent a catastrophe.
Be sure to learn about the dangers of exposure to hazardous gases and chemicals in a facility. This will help you make informed decisions on the issue of industrial safety and protect your resource.