Health and Safety in the Workplace Level 2 (VTQ)

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Workplace Chemical Safety: Categories & Precautions

Understanding Chemical Properties & Categories

For enhanced workplace safety, it's paramount to be well-acquainted with the attributes and classifications of chemicals. Every chemical category presents distinct dangers and necessitates specific handling and storage methods.

Flammable Chemicals

Compounds such as ethanol, methanol, and kerosene are exceedingly inflammable. It's imperative to:

  • Keep them distanced from heat and ignition sources: sparks, power tools, or open flames from actions like smoking.
  • Store in purpose-built cabinets.

Remember, the fumes from these chemicals are both health hazards and fire threats.

Oxidising Chemicals

Such chemicals readily react with other compounds. Their storage:

  • Should be restricted with similar oxidising agents.
  • Is crucial, given their capacity to amplify a fire's ferocity.

Ordinary substances like fertilisers may exhibit oxidising traits, sometimes responding with explosive energy.

Corrosive Chemicals

Acids and related substances can corrode materials, sometimes triggering explosive interactions. Key points include:

  • Avoiding direct skin contact due to high injury risk.
  • Ensuring proper storage to prevent container degradation and potential environmental harm.


These chemicals can cause skin or eye irritation. This can stem from direct contact or exposure to the substance's fumes.


Poisonous substances can inflict harm through various means, such as ingestion or inhalation. Their impact fluctuates depending on factors like one's age, physique, and the toxin's potency.


These might be solid or liquid substances/mixtures that produce gas via chemical reactions, thereby causing nearby destruction.

Concluding Note on Chemical Handling

Recognising the chemicals in your possession, discerning their dangers, and storing them as per the manufacturer's directives is essential.