Essays on Hazard Identification Process: ABC Chemicals Case Study

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The paper 'Hazard Identification Process: ABC Chemicals " is a good example of a management case study. This paper seeks to analyse the case of ABC Chemicals in the context of the hazard identification process. According to the case study, ABC Chemicals distributes solvents, acids, detergents, and other corrosives. Specifically, the paper intends to identify legislations that apply to a company that handles hazardous chemicals. This will capture employees, the elderly in the local nursing home, children in the childcare centre, and others who live within the vicinity of ABC Chemicals.

After identification of legislations that are applicable to ABC Chemicals, the essay will discuss whether the company complies with the legislation. Secondly, the hazards will be identified. Thirdly, risk assessment and identification process will be discussed. The level of each risk, as well as risk control methods, will be given the necessary attention. Applicable legislation and compliance The new work health and safety laws and legislation, which took effect from 1 January 2011, to replaced OHS. The act outlines legal obligations that must be followed in order to ensure the health and safety of workers (New South Wales, 2014).

The WHS Act places the responsibility of ensuring the health and safety of a person running the business. According to the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011, the duty holder must be able to note reasonably foreseeable hazards that may lead to health and safety risks. In this scenario, ABC Chemical is tasked with the duty, by law, to be certain that the health and safety of workers and other individuals are not at risk from the business run by the company. The duties revolve around safe use, handling, and storage of such hazardous mixtures.

Some of the duties vested upon ABC Chemicals particularly with respect to chemical business include correct labelling of containers, keeping a register, identifying physical and chemically reactive hazards and ensuring their stability, training workers, and updating safety data sheet (Sherriff and Tooma, 2010). Besides, ABC Chemical must have a spill containment system as opposed to using rags to clean spillages. The law further requires ABC Chemicals to have an emergency plan. Currently, ABC has not only failed to train its workers on the safe handling of chemicals and emergencies but also missed to install a well-displayed emergency plan in the workplace.

Generally, ABC Chemicals have grossly violated legislation required of a company that deals in hazardous chemicals. Hazards Grammeno (2009) defines a hazard as a source or a situation that can cause harm through injury, ill health, damage to property and environment. According to WHS legislation, hazardous chemicals comprise mixtures that meet the criteria outlined by Globally Harmonized System as well as those classified under Schedule 6 of WHS regulations (Safe Work Australia, 2014).

The legislations stipulate that a hazardous chemical is a mixture that has an adverse impact on the ecosystem. In brief, they cause injury or illness to a person. Under the two classifications of health hazards, it is rather clear that ABC Chemicals handle materials that pose a health hazard as well as physicochemical hazard. Considering the category of a health hazard, it is apparent from the case study that chemicals distributed by ABC Chemicals are acids and corrosives. This means that they have chemical properties that are adverse to the body if are in contact with the skin.

Concisely, chemicals being distributed by ABC Chemicals can corrode the skin hence its classification as a health hazard.



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