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Chemicals and Hazardous Substances

Adapted from content excerpted from Better Work, a partnership of IFC and the International Labour Organization


Workers’ exposure to chemical hazards should be monitored and recorded. The employer should install exhaust ventilation in areas where chemicals are used and should provide skin washing facilities and cleaning materials for workers in the event of emergencies. The employer also should keep an inventory of chemicals and chemical safety data sheets that are accessible to workers and their representatives.  Chemicals must be stored properly and substances should be accurately labeled in a way that is easy for workers to understand.  Where possible, the employer should choose chemicals or substances that eliminate or reduce risk to workers.

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