Chemical Safety and Identification

Chemical safety is of paramount importance in any environment where chemicals are used, handled, or stored. Whether you're working in a laboratory, industrial facility, or even just using household cleaning products, understanding the potential hazards associated with chemicals and knowing how to identify them is crucial for maintaining a safe and healthy work environment.

Importance of Chemical Safety

Protecting Health: Many chemicals can pose serious health risks if mishandled or improperly used. Exposure to hazardous chemicals can result in skin irritation, eye exposure and a number of other issues.

Preventing Accidents: Accidental spills, leaks, or reactions involving chemicals can lead to fires, explosions, or environmental contamination. Implementing proper chemical safety protocols helps reduce the risk of accidents and minimizes potential damage to property and the environment.

Compliance with Regulations: Various regulatory agencies, such as OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) in the United States, enforce strict guidelines and regulations for the safe handling and use of chemicals in workplaces. Adhering to these regulations not only ensures the safety of employees but also helps organizations avoid costly fines and legal liabilities.

Identifying Chemicals and Their Uses

Chemical Labels: Every chemical should be properly labeled with essential information such as its name, hazardous properties, handling precautions, and first aid measures. Understanding how to interpret chemical labels is essential for identifying the potential risks associated with specific chemicals.

Safety Data Sheets (SDS): SDS provide detailed information about the properties, hazards, and safe handling procedures for each chemical. Employees access to these SDS sheets online or have the ability to ask for copies.

Training and Education: Each employee should be provided comprehensive training to educate employees about the various types of chemicals used in their workplace, their potential hazards, and the necessary safety precautions. This training should cover topics such as proper storage, handling, and disposal of chemicals, as well as emergency response procedures in case of accidents or exposure.

Risk Assessments: Conducting regular risk assessments helps identify potential hazards associated with specific chemicals and tasks, allowing employers to implement appropriate control measures to mitigate risks and ensure the safety of employees.

In conclusion, prioritizing chemical safety and fostering a culture of awareness and accountability within the workplace are essential for protecting the health and well-being of employees, preventing accidents, and complying with regulatory requirements. By understanding how to identify chemicals and their uses, employees can effectively mitigate risks and create a safer working environment for everyone.


Learning Section: Protecting Yourself from Cleaning Chemicals

Cleaning chemicals can pose various hazards if not handled properly. In this learning section, we'll discuss the importance of personal protective equipment (PPE) and provide guidance on what to do in case of exposure to the skin, eyes, or ingestion of cleaning chemicals.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Safety Glasses/Goggles: Protect your eyes from splashes or aerosols by wearing safety glasses or goggles whenever handling cleaning chemicals.

Gloves: Wear chemical-resistant gloves to prevent skin contact with cleaning solutions. Ensure the gloves are appropriate for the specific chemicals being used.

Protective Clothing: Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants to minimize skin exposure. Consider using chemical-resistant aprons or suits for additional protection.

Respiratory Protection: Use respiratory protection such as masks or respirators if working with chemicals that produce vapors, fumes, or aerosols. Ensure the respirator is suitable for the type and concentration of chemicals present.

What to Do in Case of Exposure

Skin Contact:

  • Immediately rinse the affected area with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes.
  • Remove any contaminated clothing and continue rinsing.
  • Seek medical attention if irritation, redness, or burns occur.

Eye Contact:

  • Flush the eyes with lukewarm water for at least 15 minutes, ensuring water flows over the entire surface of the eyes and under the eyelids.
  • Hold the eyelids open to facilitate rinsing.
  • Seek immediate medical attention, even if the affected person feels fine.


  • Do not induce vomiting unless instructed to do so by medical personnel.
  • Rinse the mouth with water if the chemical was swallowed.
  • Seek immediate medical attention. Provide information about the ingested substance to medical professionals.

Additional Safety Tips

Read Labels and SDS: Always read the labels and safety data sheets (SDS) before using cleaning chemicals to understand their hazards and recommended safety precautions.

Ventilation: Ensure adequate ventilation in the workspace to minimize exposure to chemical vapors or fumes. Use exhaust fans or open windows and doors when working with chemicals indoors.

Storage and Handling: Store cleaning chemicals in their original containers, away from incompatible substances and sources of heat or ignition. Follow proper handling procedures to prevent spills and accidents.

Training: Attend training sessions on chemical safety and handling provided by your employer. Stay informed about emergency procedures and first aid measures in case of exposure incidents.

Remember, protecting yourself from cleaning chemicals is essential for your safety and well-being. By following proper safety protocols, wearing appropriate PPE, and knowing how to respond in case of exposure, you can minimize risks and ensure a safer work environment for yourself and others.

Lemon DC Plus

  • Lemon DC Plus Disinfectant: A quat formula effective against MRSA, E. coli, SARS, VISA, Athlete's Foot, HBV, HCV, HIV, Human Coronavirus, Adenovirus, Herpes Simplex 1 and 2, and more.
  • Lemon-scented and yellow in color.
  • Dilutes at 2 oz. per gallon for optimal use.
  • Functions as a disinfectant, viricide, fungicide, and mildewstat.
  • Ideal for everyday cleaning and disinfecting of hard, non-porous surfaces.
  • Ensures a clean, safe, and pleasant environment.

What We Use To Clean Each Day

pH Neutral Floor Cleaner

  • Concentrated, fast-acting, and low foaming for efficient dirt and dust removal from floors.
  • Suitable for any floor care system, ensuring versatility in application.
  • Dilutes at 1 oz. per gallon for optimal use.
  • Neutral pH formula for gentle yet effective cleaning.
  • Strawberry-scented clear light blue liquid.
  • Compatible with auto scrubbers, mop buckets, spray bottles, or other dispensing methods.

Glass Cleaner

  • Use on glass, mirror, and other reflective surfaces
  • For use in Coastwide Professional™ ExpressMix dispensing system
  • Dilutes at 1 oz. per gallon. One 3.25 L bottle yields 110 ready to use gallons
  • 3.25L container; 2 per pack
  • Removes soil from glass, Plexiglass, windows, mirrors, walls, and other surfaces not harmed by water
  • Easy to use without streaking
  • Unscented clear deep blue liquid
  • Non-ammoniated
  • Concentrate has low odor
  • Certifications and standards: EPA, NSF, and Green Seal certified

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Restroom Bowl Cleaner

  • Liquid toilet bowl cleaner
  • 12 bottles per pack, 32 oz. per bottle
  • Kills VRE, MRSA, salmonella and staphylococcus
  • Effective against HIV-1

Used as needed. Not intended for everyday use. Helps remove buildup and heavy water stains inside of bowls, sinks and urinals. 


Not recommended for use on any other surfaces. 

Stainless Steel Cleaner

  • Cleaner in an aerosol canister for use on stainless steel, chrome, and brass surfaces
  • Comes in a 16 oz. spray can
  • Pleasant fresh and clean odor
  • Six cans per carton
  • Product label is color-coded to follow Coastwide Professional chemical system
  • Low volatile organic compound (VOC) content
  • Meets or exceeds the CARB standard

Restroom Cleaner Creme Cleanser

  • Ready-to-use mild abrasive cream cleaner and deodorizer. Mint scented
  • For use in showers, restrooms and kitchens

Ideal for heavy buildup in restroom sinks, toilets and urinals. 

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I understand the importance of chemical safety in the workplace and the potential hazards associated with handling cleaning chemicals.


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I have reviewed the information provided on chemical safety, including the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), procedures for handling and storing cleaning chemicals, and steps to take in case of exposure incidents.


I understand the necessity of adhering to safety protocols and regulations to prevent accidents, injuries, and environmental damage related to the use of cleaning chemicals.


I recognize the significance of wearing appropriate PPE, such as safety glasses, gloves, and protective clothing, when working with cleaning chemicals to minimize risks and protect my health.


I am aware of the procedures outlined for responding to exposure incidents, including skin contact, eye contact, and ingestion of cleaning chemicals, and I will promptly seek medical attention if necessary.


I acknowledge that it is my responsibility to apply the knowledge gained from this training to ensure my safety and the safety of my colleagues in the workplace.


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