This in-depth feature provides guidance on working safely with hazardous substances such as chemicals, dusts and asbestos.

Arguably, one of the most serious risks to people’s health and safety at work is the presence of hazardous substances, whether they be chemicals supplied for use at work; dusts, fumes, gases and vapours created by the work activities themselves; or even substances present in the fabric of the building, such as asbestos.

Indeed, there are a vast range of substances used or created at work which have the potential to be harmful to human health if safe working procedures are not followed. These include substances used directly in everyday work activities – such as solvents, bleach, lubricants, paints, inks and glues – and those generated during work processes, such as wood or stone dust, metalworking fluid mist, soldering flux, and welding and cutting fumes.


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