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How must employers handle toxic substances?

No matter where you work in Minnesota, if any toxic substance is present, you will want to know about it. You will also likely want to know how to keep yourself safe from any dangerous side effects that may be associated with coming into contact with the substance. These are just some of the things that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration oversees.

There are many qualities that can be exhibited by toxic substances. They may be flammable, corrosive, carcinogenic or reactive. They may also cause sensitivity or irritation to various parts of your body or system. Both the manufacturers of such materials as well as employers are required to provide information about chemicals in an effort to promote safety and prevent illness or injury.

Companies that utilize these hazardous materials in some fashion must let employees know that particular substances are used in the workplace. That is not all, however. Companies must also clearly explain the potential hazards associated with different substances and train workers on the proper handling or usage of materials. Training should also cover preparation for how to handle problems that arise related to the substances such as a potential chemical spill.

Printed materials should be posted and distributed and some even require a very specific format including 16 different sections in order to ensure that all information is properly covered and communicated. This information is not intended to provide legal advice but general information about the requirements for communicating potential toxic exposure on job worksites in Minnesota.



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