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Dangerous Substances


The Adhesives and sealants Safeguard provides guidance on the safe handling and storage of adhesives and sealants.

Adhesives and sealants come in different forms. They can pose safety risks to workers in the form of fires and explosions, or health risks due to their chemical properties.


The Ethanol storage and transport Safeguard provides advice on the potential risks associated with the storage and transport of ethanol and other flammable liquids.

A thorough risk assessment must be conducted for all processes related to the manufacture and storage of flammable liquids such as ethanol. This must include temporary storage of flammable liquids and consideration of likely ignition sources, such as welding, grinding and other hot work, which could cause flammable vapours to ignite.


The Fibreglass reinforced products Safeguard provides guidance on the safe use and handling of fibreglass reinforced products.

Exposure to fibreglass reinforced products may cause some people to suffer from skin and eye irritation. The inhalation of fibres may irritate the upper respiratory tract.


The Handling and storage of substances in sample bags/containers Safeguard provides advice on safety considerations in the collection, handling, storage and labelling of known and unconfirmed substances, which may be potentially hazardous or toxic, in sample bags/containers.

There have been instances where workers have been exposed to unsafe situations as a result of inadvertent contact with substances stored in sample bags/containers which have deteriorated during prolonged storage.


The Lead acid batteries Safeguard provides guidance on the safe storage, charging and handling of lead acid batteries which can cause serious injury if not handled correctly.

Lead acid batteries are capable of delivering an electric charge at a very high rate. Gases released when batteries are charging - hydrogen (very flammable and easily ignited) and oxygen (supports combustion) - can result in an explosion.


The Local exhaust ventilation Safeguard provides guidance on the design and use of local exhaust ventilation systems to remove airborne contaminants, such as dust, mist, vapour, gas or fumes, from workplaces.

Local exhaust ventilation systems provide a positive means of removing airborne contaminants from the working environment by capturing them at their source.