A carcinogen is a substance or mixture that causes cancer.
Classification is the systematic identification of a chemical’s hazards.
Crystalline silica is found in sand, stone, concrete and mortar. When workers cut, crush, drill, polish, saw or grind products containing silica, dust particles are generated that are small enough to lodge deep in the lungs and cause illness or disease including silicosis.
Hazardous chemicals are substances, mixtures and articles that can pose a significant risk to health and safety if not managed correctly. Hazardous chemicals may have health hazards, physical hazards or both.
Lead is a heavy metal that can be found in workplaces that manufacture and dismantle batteries and use ammunition, and those that weld, solder and remove old paint. Workers in mining and foundries may also encounter lead. Exposure to lead can cause serious health effects including cancer, cardiovascular disease and damage to worker’s reproductive and nervous systems.
A hazardous chemicals register is a list of hazardous chemicals at a workplace. A manifest is a written summary of hazardous chemicals with physical and acute toxicity hazards that are used, handled or stored at a workplace. Placards provide warnings about the stored hazardous chemicals and contain specific information for emergency service personnel.
Exposure to substances or mixtures in the workplace can pose significant health risks to workers.