Chemical Hazards Class Discussion
It happened in Ontario - It was his third day on the job, and a worker was asked to pour a chemical product from a drum. While he was pouring the liquid, the drum rim touched another container and an explosion engulfed him in flames. The worker received third degree burns to 90% of his body. He was rushed to the hospital but he died the next day. He was nineteen years old.
For each case study have the students answer these questions:
The death of this young man was not an accident.
It was entirely preventable.
What the worker didn't know...
The product contained a hazardous material called toluene. Toluene can explode very easily. In this case, it exploded because of the static electricity charge that was created when he poured the material into the drum. Why did he not know it was a hazardous material?
- The container was not marked or labelled.
- He had not received any training.
- He had not been informed of his rights and responsibilities under WHMIS.
Ask the class...What could you do to prevent this from happening where you work?