The term "chemical" means chemical elements and compounds, and mixtures thereof, whether natural or synthetic. Appropriate measures should be taken to prevent or reduce the incidence of chemically induced illnesses and injuries at the workplace.
Detailed regulations exist in many countries concerning the classification systems of chemicals, their labelling and marking, the use of chemical safety data sheets, the responsibilities of suppliers and employers, such as the identification of chemicals, their transfer and disposal, and the exposure of workers. Workers should observe the necessary precautions and are entitled to be informed and trained on the safe use of chemicals and to remove themselves from danger.
Among industrial products, benzene (commonly used as a raw material in industry) is certainly one of the most dangerous. Therefore pregnant women, nursing mothers and young people of both sexes under 18 years of age should not be employed in work processes involving exposure to benzene or products containing benzene.
→ see also Benzene
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