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Chart designed for posting anywhere sodium hypochlorite--bleach--is handled as a supplement to employee training
The Chlorine Institute Inc. has introduced a new wall chart as a general reference to promote safe handling of sodium hypochlorite, which is frequently called “bleach.”
The 24-in.-by-36-in., full-color “Handling Sodium Hypochlorite” chart should be posted anywhere sodium hypochlorite is handled as a supplement to employee training, said Shane Fast, CI vice president of emergency preparedness and product stewardship. Key industrial uses for sodium hypochlorite include disinfection in the food and beverage processing and related industries, and drinking and wastewater treatment. In household form, it is used for laundry stain removal and general disinfection.
• Chemistry and physical properties of sodium hypochlorite, including ways to express sodium hypochlorite solution strengths;
• Emergency procedures, including spill response and containments, recovery, disposal/neutralization and personal protective equipment;
• Safe handling, including precautions, storage containers, valves, pumps, bulk handling and non-bulk containers;
• Avoid incompatible materials, including acids, ammonia compounds, organics, metals, peroxides, reducing agents and oxidizing agents; and
• First aid, including eye contact, skin contact, inhalation and ingestion. www.chlorineinstitute.org. Several free titles about sodium hypochlorite safety also may be ordered via the online bookstore.