Use Chemicals Safely
posted on April 4, 2011 12:02 PM
Healthy Indoors Partnership recently posted this guide to using chemicals safely around the house. While this simple message is directed at the home owner, a product's labelling is the same for anyone who uses chemicals.
We are often asked to compare how Benefect products stack up to other cleaners and disinfectants on the market. One of the easiest ways to determine how safe a product is to use is simply by looking at the label.
In our case, it's the absence of warning symbols or precautionary statements that set us apart.
Here is the guide from Health Canada to evaluate the dangers and toxicity levels of all chemicals:
Each warning symbol also has one of these words under it. (reposted from: www.healthyindoorspartnership.ca)
Contents and Containers
The frame around the symbol is important because it tells you what is dangerous -- the contents or the container.
This triangle frame around a symbol means that the container itself is dangerous.
This eight-sided frame around a symbol means that the product inside the container is dangerous.
Recognize these warning symbols
Poison -- the contents of containers with this symbol are poisonous if swallowed, touched or inhaled.
Corrosive -- the contents of containers with this symbol will burn skin or eyes and can also burn the stomach if swallowed.
Explosive -- containers with this symbol can explode if heated or punctured.
Flammable -- the contents of containers with this symbol catch fire easily if near heat, flames or sparks.
CAUTION -- means a temporary injury may occur from improper use of the product. Death may occur after extreme exposure.
DANGER -- means that the product may cause temporary or permanent injury, or death.
EXTREMEDANGER -- means that being exposed to even a very low quantity of the product may cause death, or temporary or permanent injury. Be very, very careful.
B) Store all chemical products in their original containers.
Try not to store products that may release harmful fumes inside your home. These items include paints, solvents, gasoline, fuels or varnishes. Store them in a separate building, if you can, or in an area that is well vented to the outside. Buy only the quantity you need for the job, and discard any leftovers as directed by your municipality or township.
C) Dispose of leftover products safely. Check municipal guidelines for instructions.
Each warning symbol also has one of these words under it.
(reposted from: www.healthyindoorspartnership.ca)
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