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Safe Chemical Handling Procedure and Policy?

What is Safe Chemical Handling Procedure and Policy?

Chemical Handling Procedure

A standard textile should have very conscious about safe chemical handling procedure & application. There is a well-established and well-functioning management team to take all necessary decisions regarding chemicals/dyes. Chemical Management is a vital issue for all textile concerns as product outcome & stakeholders’ well-being are directly associated with it. Our respective factory Chemical General oversee the total chemical/dyes management process. Whenever we select any chemical for our intended use, at first we assess the impacts of that chemicals brought about in the environment. As we use chemical in different sections of our factory. So the main objectives of this policy is to ensure proper use of Chemical, ensure environmental protection, reduce of waste & make more awareness regarding the Health & Safety issues of workers.

Safe Chemical Handling Instruction

  • The chemical must be kept in a safe marked place with proper labeling and sign.
  • Smoking and use of any fire items is strictly prohibited hear the storage area of the chemical.
  • Fire extinguisher must be kept near to the storage place of chemical.
  • Protective hand gloves, goggles, apron musk must be used before handling of chemical.
  • During handling of chemical, it should be observed carefully that chemical does not come out to the floor.
  • After handling liquid chemical, the floor and the top of the container should be cleaned immediately with dry sponge or fabric to remove the chemical and it should be closed appropriately and also in dry chemical.
  • The chemical empty container or carton should not be cut for pouring the residuals or any other reason.
  • The empty container or carton bags should not be used in the factory for any other purpose and not be given to worker.
  • Please be aware about restricted substance of chemicals
  • Handling of chemical is strictly prohibited other than the trained assigned persons.
  • The chemical safety management of the factory must be made aware about the chemicals and its perilous consequences.

Chemical Handling Procedure and Policy

We are very much concerned about the health & safety of the direct user group as well as the well –being of the environment. Our main objective is  regarding chemical management is to use safe chemicals/dyes which are very effective but have lesser impact in the environment. Most of our chemicals are imported abiding national/global rules & regulations. We always look for newer innovations in chemical application through our continuous Alternative Chemical Assessment. If we ever find any safer/less hazardous chemical, we try our level best to switch to it. For example, We use Avitera SE – the dyestuff of Huntsman and it is marketed by Huntsman under the logo of “Save the Earth”. We have standard safe chemical handling procedure and purchase policy.

From chemicals purchase to disposal, we take good care of the chemical relevant issues to ensure safe chemical application & handling and to avoid evitable accidents. We impart training among workers, store-loaders and other personnel who are associated with safe chemical handling procedure. Store department takes all necessary preparations before chemical containing vehicles enter into our factory premises. Trained loaders wear proper PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and unload chemicals/dyes from the vehicles. Store keeper & supervisors oversee the unloading & loading chemicals/dyes.

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Safe Chemical Handling

Chemicals are loaded/stored in the Storage according to their specific type & property. We follow chemical compatibility chart as much as possible  to ensure safe chemical storage. Chemicals are stacked up to certain height keeping consideration of  ventilation and  for further safety. General entrance into chemical storage area is restricted to avoid unexpected situations.

MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) is attached to the chemical container to spread knowledge about chemicals handlers/users. We partially use secondary containment where necessary to control spillage and avoid accident. Individual chemicals are kept in individual compartment for better distribution and application as well as accident prevention. Each compartment has its Chemical label with associated hazard symbol. These compartments are fine engineered and connected to ETP (Effluent Treatment Plant) through internal drainage system to avoid spillage & to control emergency situations.

The store keepers and supervisors are well trained so that they can supervise the people working under them. They directly supervise the safe chemical handling procedure in the store and distribution center. The store –loaders use suitable PPE when they work in the store/distribution center.

Empty drums are cleaned & washed thoroughly. They are kept in certain place refrained from direct sunlight/rain water. Afterwards theses empty drums are returned to drum purchasers/suppliers. At first, we pull off the chemical label and then clean the drum/container properly. Then they are stored under a cover shed as per instructions of our local authority.

Worers or machine operators collect chemicals as per dyeing requisition. Awareness training regarding safe chemical handling, PPE, Safety precautionary, Abstracted MSDS is provided among these workers to increase their knowledge level so that they can work with chemicals safely. It is mandatory for them to apply PPE whenever they collect chemicals from distribution center and during chemical operation in the work place. Eating/smoking in the work place is strictly forbidden for any one. This rule is for their own goodness. Since drinking water is provided from the factory, they cannot leave any empty water bottle, chemical/dyes pot, container/bucket without exact label. It helps them to avoid accidents/malfunctions.Moreover, our work place is monitored time to time by compliance manager, compliance officers to check whether the workers are complying with our factory rules & regulations.

As a part of a modern knit composite factory we are responsible for coloration of fabric. So dyestuff is used frequently here. We never use any banded dyestuff here which may cause health hazards for our manpower or our valuable consumer of our finished products. For the user safety we make a modern dyes/chemical sub store for easy and safe usage area which has a sufficient ventilation system and lighting system as sell as easy operating system. Despite of this precaution a general guideline for handling or usage of dyestuff is given bellow.

Our management team is very much active & eager to comply with any global/local changes in chemical applications, innovations and concerned rules/regulations. We can try our level best to reach ourselves at the latest update point of chemical management since our chemical management process is overseen by experts who are working in the textile trade with success for a long time. Actually, their continuous efforts made us possible to establish a safe chemical handling environment in our concerned factories. As a successful performer in the field of Textile and garment industry in Bangladesh is always emphasizes on establishing Environment Control Management System in factory premise to ensure chemical protection in the process of using chemical, raw materials, manufacturing products and discharge chemical wastage’s. Textile is firmly committed to comply all the relative obligations to ensure safety condition in the factory campus.

The management has developed certain systematic program for the use of chemicals to prevent any chemical pollution for the safety of worker, staff as well as the total environmental system.The chemical, which we use in your plant, is as follows:

Accessories Plant : The authority of Accessories factories. declares that it will ensure a nice work environment in all areas of the factory in accordance with compliance & Bangladesh Labor law. The management is firmly committed to comply all the relative obligations to ensure Safely Chemical use, Transportation, Storage & Disposal.

Dying Plant: Acetic Acid, A.LAB, BEMX, BOXBB, BBYB, BRG, BP, BSE, CO, CN, CFC, CDBC, CSF, CJET, EOS, EL-S, NOF, GS, HA, H, HP, FRGN, ILUN, ISA, IAC, IPC, ISCON, MP,210 N, PFA-8, PWF, PDP-505, SKL, SCWS, SJSL, SSEW, SBL, SASH, SS, S-1, T-44L, TCCB, TFRD, TECO, UDIF, U2B, UEBF-250%, UBHV-LIQ, UCIDN, UEVB, SCKI, PSP, ICRA, MSSMD, VHRM. Etc.

Washing Plant: MOV, AA, SS, LE, ESL, NIS-150, LSP-95, SASH, HPO, DP-7, AS, DS, BP, OA, BST, DCJ, CS, T, SJSL, A, AL-30, SCWS, GS, BU-2B, HYPO, GIOSOL, BIODE, PPM, M, PS, NS, RO, ALP, CYFN-2R, CY-WR, CRFNR, CBFNR, CR-WB, CE-200, D-25, T-44L, GEECA, TFRD, SOFNER, DA, CCNW, CCFN2BL, CCBFNG.

Ready made Garments: Thinner, Solve, Jet Powder, and Wheel Powder for spot removing. Only authorized persons use this entire chemical by following proper using guideline so that it can not create any harmful condition for human body and for environment.UN authorized persons are strictly restricted to use of any kind of chemical for avoiding all kind of chemical hazards situation.

Classification of Chemical:

Chemical is classified in two types. One is Hazardous & another is Non hazardous.

Hazardous Chemical: Hazardous chemical is such kinds of chemical which contains more poisonous elements such as Acid, Caustic soda, Hydrogen per oxide etc. We have to know about the risk to Use, Transportation & Storage such kinds of chemical & have to use PPE.

Non Hazardous Chemical: Non Hazardous chemical is such kinds of chemical which contains less poisonous elements such as Solt, uria etc. These chemicals are less dangerous for environment & human beings. We have to know about the risk to Use, Transportation & Storage such kinds of chemical & have to use PPE .

Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS): Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) is such a document which gives us important health & Safety data regarding the use of chemical. We found 15/16 important data in a Material Safety Data Sheet such as Name of Chemical, Harmful things, Danger Sign, Name of company, First Aid procedure, Fire safety Procedure, Storage procedure & Name of PPE etc. We have to read the safety information & command more attentively before Use, Transportation & Storage chemical & have to maintain.

Identify & Labeling: We have to preserve level in all permanent & temporary chemical jars which contain name of chemical, Danger sign & address of producer. What ever, we can avoid risk if we read the safety information & command more attentively before Use, Transportation & Storage the chemical .

Use of Chemicals: We have to read the safety information & command more attentively before Use, Transportation & Storage safe chemical handling procedure. We know that some safe chemical handling procedure are more poisonous elements which are harmful for environment &also harmful for eyes & skin of human being. So we can avoid risk by using danger sign or safety sign such as: Flammable, Explosive, Oxidizing, Corrosive, Harmful, Toxic, Environmental hazard etc.

Use of PPE: Personal Protective Equipment is such kind of dress or equipment which will reduce accidental or sickness risk of a people. We have to use PPE according to the working condition such as: Use Cotton Mask to safe from dust,  Use Goggles to safe eyes, Use helmet to safe head, Use Ear Plug/Ear Muffs to safe Ear. On the other hand use Respiratory mask, Apron, Hand Gloves & Gum boot before Use, Transportation & Storage the chemical. We already provided a huge amount of PPE in all sections & if found shortage of PPE, it is needed to inform the responsible Supervisor of each section or need to inform Compliance Division.

Storage: We have to Use, Transportation & Store the chemical by ensuring environmental risk & Health & safety issues of workers. It is needed to maintain safe chemical handling procedure information (MSDS) in the storage area. Also need to segregates the hazardous & non hazardous Chemicals & We have to preserve level in each chemical jars that contain name of chemical, danger sign & address of producer.  Without level we don’t store any container or drum.

Conclusion:

We have to know & maintain safe chemical handling procedure and policy to use chemical which is harmful for environment, eyes, skin, & heart. After finish the task, we have to remove the pollute dress quickly & need to wash hand & mouth properly.

 

 

About Engr. Kh. Mashiur Rahman

He is Garment Automation Technologist and Editor in Chief of Autogarment. He is certified Echotech Garment CAD Professional-China, Aptech-India, NCC-UK and B.Sc. in CIS- London Metropolitan University, M.Sc. in ICT-UITS. He is working as a Successful Digital Marketer and Search Engine Specialist in RMG sector during 2005 to till now. Contact him- apparelsoftware@gmail.com

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