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Which Hazards in the Workplace Does HAZCOM Address?

Atmospheric conditions must be tested before hot work begins, and monitored throughout the shift. Atmospheric testing is required for two distinct purposes. The first is to evaluate hazards, and the second is to verify acceptable conditions exist.
Before operating a multi-gas meter, check the calibration certificate or sticker to ensure that a The HAZCOM standard applies to all hazardous chemicals in the workplace. It splits the hazards into two general categories, physical hazards and health hazards.

Physical hazards include those capable of producing immediate, external bodily injuries. Examples include flammable materials, explosives, combustible liquids, and unstable materials that can become hazardous when exposed to shock, pressure, or temperature.

While physical hazards present the risk of bodily injury, health hazards may endanger short-term or long-term health and well-being. Health hazards can be further categorized as either acute or chronic. Acute hazards describe those that can cause immediate health problems from a single exposure. Chronic hazards cause health problems that develop slowly, typically from repeated exposure.

Examples of health hazards include carcinogens, toxins, irritants, and sensitizers. Carcinogens are cancer-causing agents. Toxins are materials that can damage living tissue. Irritants cause inflammatory skin irritation. Sensitizers cause an allergic reaction after extended exposure.

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