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Health & Safety Moment Hazardous Materials

Hazardous Materials



Impacts of human exposure to chemicals and other hazardous materials can range from simple skin irritation to long-term illnesses such as cancer. Be aware of the dangers that exist, it’s important to create a culture of safety for handling, transporting, and storing these kinds of materials. In order to protect all employees from injury and/or illness by ensuring hazardous materials, including corrosives, flammables and compressed gases are properly stored and handled.




  • Use only the type of container recommended by the manufacturer
  • Store Acids and bases separately
  • Store oxidizing acids away from other acids
  • Proper PPE
  • Eye wash station / first aid kits
  • Up to date SDS


  • Eliminate sources of ignition
  • Bond and ground metal containers/cylinders
  • Store in approved flammable storage cabinet according to the fire code
  • Keep away from oxidizing materials

Compressed Gases:

  • Secure cylinders to a wall or rack in an upright position
  • Store empty cylinders in a separate location clearly marked “Empty”
  • Protect cylinder bottoms from corrosion by keeping area dry
  • Do not store for extended periods of time

If you have questions, concerns or any occupational health & safety inquiries, please email ohsmohawk@mohawkcollege.ca