from hydrogen peroxide exposure overexposure can irritate the eyes and

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from hydrogen peroxide exposure, overexposure can irritate the eyes and respiratory system and can cause skin burns, according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2019). In May 2016, a graduate student working in a lab at the University of Washington improperly discarded a mixture of ethanol, hydrochloric acid, and water into a 70% solution of nitric acid wash after an experiment. This resulted in an explosion of the fume hood, which shattered the glass container of nitric acid wash and other containers of chemicals. The reaction of the vapors with the contents of the other containers would have been contained under the fume hood in the lab, but the fuming container was placed on the floor. The resulting gas and odors caused evacuation of the building, fire alarms to be activated, and a call to 911. In this situation, no one was injured, but nitric acid can be corrosive to the lungs when inhaled, can damage the skin and eyes on contact, and can be damaging on ingestion (University of Washington, 2016). While the amount of nitric acid used is not known, this shows that even a diluted amount of nitric acid can be dangerous and the PEL should be used as a guide. Any company that manufactures, distributes, and transports hazardous chemicals has to ensure that control measures are in place to protect the employees and the public, especially in areas where employees could be exposed to hazardous chemicals. OSHA has set standards and guidelines within the Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals to educate and establish standards to reduce exposure or release. Safe work practices are not step-by-step procedures, but are guidelines set forth by companies that are developed from hazardous assessments pertaining to the job. Any time a short cut is taken at work, you are undermining
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UNIT 5 RESEARCH PAPER 5 safe work practices and increasing the risk of an exposure. Such is the case at our chemical facility where employees are pencil whipping pre-inspection checklists instead of physically performing the inspection when loading chemicals onto rail carts. In my time in safety compliance, I have come to realize that no matter how many safety meetings you have and what safe work practices you have in place, they will not do any good if your employees are not fully invested in a proactive safe work culture. Some of the safest work environments occur when
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