Chemical Hazards

Chemical hazards are hazardous substances that can cause harm. They can be very dangerous but might not always be immediately identifiable in the workplace. These hazards can result in both health and physical impacts, such as skin irritation, respiratory system irritation, blindness, corrosion and explosions. For example, when considering who may be at risk, you might not immediately think of hairdressers, florists, cleaners, waiters, bartenders, or nail technicians.

Examples of substances that pose a chemical hazard include:

Cleaning chemicals

Cleaning chemicals are used in almost every workplace to maintain good hygiene standards. Incorrect use of cleaning chemicals can have serious impacts, including allergic reactions, asthma and respiratory irritation, dermatitis and skin or eye burns.

Hair dye, shampoos, conditioners and henna products

These are all substances that we safely use at home without considering the risks. However, hair dye, shampoos, conditioners and henna products, among other substances regularly found in hair and beauty salons, can have serious health impacts if you don’t take the proper precautions.

Nail glue, nail polish remover, primers and artificial nails, etc

Incorrect use and storage of these substances can result in a range of serious health and safety risks. For example, skin and respiratory irritation, headaches, dizziness, sickness, occupational asthma, cancer and fire hazards.

Welding fumes

Welding activities pose many hazards, including exposure to invisible gaseous fumes. These fumes include ozone, nitrogen oxides, chromium and nickel oxides, and carbon monoxide. Exposure to these gases can cause serious health impacts, including Pneumonia, occupational asthma, cancer, metal fume fever and respiratory irritation. If not properly controlled, the fumes can impact the welder and anyone working in the vicinity.