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describe safe practices for using hazardous substances
Exposure to chemicals commonly used in workplaces can lead to a variety of short and long term health effects such as poisoning, skin rashes and disorders of the lung, kidney and liver. [ A quarter of all Victorian employees regularly use hazardous substances such as chemicals, flammable liquids and gases in their work. A hazardous substance can take many forms – gas, powder, liquid, solid or
dust. The product may be pure or diluted. Manufacturers and importers of hazardous substances are legally obliged to include warning labels and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) with their products. This information offers advice on safe handling practices. Common hazardous substances Many industrial, agricultural and medical organisations use hazardous substances. The degree of hazard depends on the concentration of the chemical. Common hazardous substances in the workplace include: Acids Caustic substances Disinfectants Glues Heavy metals, including mercury, lead, cadmium and aluminium Paint Pesticides Petroleum products Solvents. ]
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