How to Handle Water Treatment Chemicals Safely
- Read the label and material safety data sheets for detailed handling information.
- Ask your supervisor if you have questions about safe handling.
- Smoke while working with chemicals.
- Eat while working with chemicals.
- Touch or swallow chemicals.
- Wipe skin or eyes with hands or cloth that has contacted chemicals.
- Wear contact lenses while working with chemicals.
If you come in direct contact with chemicals, follow these emergency first-aid procedures and always alert your supervisor.
- Eye contact - Immediately flush with water for 15 min. Call a physician.
- Skin contact - Flush with water for 15 min. Call a physician.
- Inhalation - Remove yourself from exposure to the fumes. Call a physician.
- Clothing contact - Immediately remove contaminated clothing and shoes. Wash separately from regular laundry before using again.
If a chemical spill occurs:
- Avoid breathing fumes.
- Alert coworkers and supervisors.
- Wear protective equipment.
- Cover with inert absorbent material.
- Contain the spill and consult product label and materials safety data sheets.
Following these recommendations for handling water treatment chemicals safely will prevent serious problems related to direct contact or inhalation of chemicals. For more about water treatment safety, call CTI at (281) 583-4087.