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Hazardous Materials: Be Proactive

Julie Copeland

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Hazardous Material SafetyIt’s natural to think of a hazardous material as “harmless” when it has been stored without problem for a number of years. But this natural thought process has very harmful consequences.

That’s why we’re dedicating this week’s Blog posts to information about proper storage and removal of hazardous materials. Don’t allow your company to treat hazardous materials with potentially fatal negligence.

Do you work at a company that stores drums of flammable liquids? They may have been stored in the corner of the plant for years without cause for attention, so it’s easy for both employees and employers to turn a blind eye. Unfortunately, it sometimes takes a worst-case scenario to open a company’s eyes to hazardous materials safety.

This is not melodrama or pessimism; this is pragmatic awareness. A fire or explosion costs millions of dollars of damage and claims workers' lives. In fact, improper storage and handling of flammable liquids is the leading cause of industrial fires.

Unfortunately, because of a low probability of an incident, the call for management to base a risk assessment on potential environmental impact and worst-case scenarios often takes a low priority.

Don’t let it take a toxic leak or explosion to consider safe storage and handling of hazardous materials. Be proactive -- it saves lives.

Check back soon for information on how to take a comprehensive approach in assessing the risks of storing hazardous materials.

Our next post will provide advice on how to assess the risk of hazardous materials, so check back later in the week or subscribe to the Arbill Blog. In the meantime, be sure to check out our website for more information on workplace safety guidelines, solutions and programs or contact us to learn more about Arbill.

Topics: Arbill, Toxic Materials, workplace safety, Hazardous Materials

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