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Protect yourself; cleaning chemicals and your health
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  • Alternative Title:
    Cleaning chemicals and your health
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    "Working with cleaning chemicals can cause: Coughing; Shortness of Breath; Wheezing; Sore Throat; Red, Itchy Eyes; Headaches or Dizziness; Skin Rashes; Nosebleeds; Skin and Eye Burns; or, Asthma. If you have health problems that you think are caused by using cleaning chemicals, tell your supervisor and ask to see a doctor. What You Need to Know: Do not mix cleaning products that contain bleach and ammonia. Dangerous gases can be released and can cause severe lung damage. Your employer is required to provide a safe workplace that includes: Sufficient ventilation (airflow) when using cleaning chemicals; Protective clothing, gloves, and safety goggles, when needed; Labels on containers of cleaning chemicals; Training on the hazards of cleaning chemicals you are using and safe work practices. Your employer must train you to: Know the hazards of cleaning chemicals BEFORE using them; Know how to use and store cleaning chemicals safely; Know how and when to dilute cleaning chemicals you are using; Know what to do if there is a spill or other emergency; Know how to obtain and use hazard information on labels and material safety data sheets (MSDS); Know how and when to use protective clothing, gloves, and safety goggles. Remember: Wash your hands after using cleaning chemicals and before eating, drinking, or smoking.." - NIOSHTIC-2 CDC-INFO Pub ID 221204 "July 2012" - date from "Poster with guidelines for workers to protect their health while working with cleaning chemicals." "This guidance document is not an OSHA standard or regulation but it contains recommendations that are advisory in nature and intended to assist employers and workers in providing a safe and healthful workplace. The mention of any nongovernmental organization in this document does not constitute an endorsement by NIOSH or OSHA of that organization, its products or services."
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    221204 "OSHA publication no. 3511-2-12." Also available via the World Wide Web as an Acrobat .pdf file (542 KB, 1 p.).
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