Safe handling of chemicals
When you work with chemicals you must know what you are doing. To prevent unpleasant situations in which you, for example, get injured you must have some knowledge about the material with which you are working. Therefore you must ask yourself questions such as: Is the substance dangerous? Can it cause direct or indirect damage? What do you do when you make a mistake and accidentally spill a corrosive substance on the table or on your clothing? Do you have the necessary safety precautions? These are questions that you must ask yourself before you start an experiment.
Fortunately, it is the case that it is always stated on a product packaging what kind of hazards a specific substance brings with it. If a substance is dangerous it is always indicated on the label with a danger symbol and a hazard word. The first aid instructions and precautions are also described on there.
In addition to the information specified on the product packaging, a safety data sheet (MSDS) is always available for a hazardous substance. This contains extensive information prepared by the supplier of the substance about how to work safely. When a hazardous substance is offered on www.dutchchems.com, a download link is always available on the product page with which the MSDS can be downloaded.
With all the information acquired about how you can work safely with a substance, there is always one thing that remains and that is the purchase of the necessary safety equipment. Gloves, face masks, safety glasses, eye showers, you name it, there are a lot of products available that can offer you a safe working environment. Products such as these are also offered in our web store. You can order them directly with your chemical substances so that you are fully prepared to perform your experiment!
A thing you have to take care of yourself is a safe working environment in which you can work undisturbed. Ensure that people without authority cannot interfere or may be at risk due to the experiment that you are doing. For example, when you leave the space in which you are working. Close down the room. Ventilate the room sufficiently and make sure that harmful exhaust gases cannot be inhaled.
Fortunately, not all substances are dangerous. Sometimes it is even possible that you can replace a dangerous substance in your experiment with a harmless alternative that has similar properties. If that is possible, it is advised to do so. However, if there is no alternative, be on your guard and think of the information sources listed above.