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30 CFR Part 46.5.b.2
Hazardous chemicals are any liquids, gases, or solids which can harm people or damage property. This course offers information on protecting miners and mine property from hazardous chemicals by controlling exposure to chemicals, properly preparing for working around chemicals, and adhering to best practices for working with chemicals. This course also discusses what is involved in an Emergency Spill Response Plan with example instructions.
Exposure to some chemicals can present health hazards ranging from immediate, or acute, reactions, such as short- term skin irritation and burns to long-term, or chronic, effects, resulting in organ disease, cancer, or even death.
Mine operators must take the lead in developing a safe work environment which encourages consistent, preventative habits for working with and around hazardous chemicals
Use sand from the yard to construct dams and containment around a spill to prevent it from leaving the site.
What are hazardous chemicals?Hazardous chemicals are any liquids, gases, or solids which can harm people or pose risk of injury or property damage.
How would one control exposure to hazardous chemicals at a mine site?Controlling chemical exposure requires awareness by informing all personnel of the existence and location of chemical hazards; knowledge of the chemical hazards at the mine site; and action by developing a safe work environment.
What are some best practices when working with chemicals?Best practices include but are not limited to: wearing appropriate personal protective equipment; using chemicals for their intended purpose; securely resealing them; wiping up any excess chemicals and properly disposing of the used materials.
Do mine sites need an Emergency Spill Response Plan?Yes. Your mine should have a written Emergency Spill Response Plan in place that clearly outlines procedures for managing chemical spills.
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