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Best practices for handling hazardous materials

When Virginia workers handle chemicals or other dangerous materials, they could face an increased risk of getting hurt. Therefore, it is important to have a safety plan in place that can protect employees while handling such materials. Workers can help themselves by following safety protocols and completing a task as they have been trained to do. They can also help themselves by not handling any container that is not labeled or is not clearly labeled.

Individuals who are handling hazardous substances should wear personal protective equipment. Prior to using such equipment, it should be checked for any defects that may reduce its effectiveness. Old or worn items should be discarded and replaced immediately. Work areas should be cleaned at least once per shift, and they should be cleaned only with tools designed specifically for that purpose.

Employees should wash their hands after coming into contact with a hazardous substance, and they should not touch their face or eyes until after doing so. Furthermore, chemicals or other substances used to complete a task should be stored in their own secure area that is dry and cool. Employees should be trained on how to handle emergency situations and should know who to talk to when an emergency situation arises.

A person who is injured on the job may need time away from work to allow broken bones or lacerations to heal. In addition to lost income, an injured worker may incur medical bills after seeing a doctor or having surgery. Workers' compensation benefits are designed to help make up for lost income and to pay for medical bills related to an injury. Those who are hurt at work may benefit from consulting with an attorney to learn more about how the system functions.

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