Specialized Chemical Awareness Training

Specialized Chemical Awareness Training

Understanding the hazards associated with commonly-found materials and chemicals in the workplace or on the jobsite is a requirement for employers. Any employee who may be exposed to hazardous materials or chemicals must be trained to handle them appropriately. Employees must also have access to applicable SDS’s, and understand methods to monitor exposure; Med-Tex Services offers specialized chemical awareness training for general industry and the construction industry for the following substances:

  1.  Asbestos
    Asbestos is a known human carcinogen and can cause chronic lung disease as well as lung and other cancers. Exposure to asbestos occurs when fibers are released into the air during job-tasks that disturb asbestos-containing materials. Materials such as plaster, cement, caulk, roofing shingles and siding, vinyl flooring, and insulation are presumed to contain asbestos if installed before 1980.
  2.  Lead
    Employers are required to inform and train employees whose job-tasks have the potential of exposing them to lead. Workers can become exposed to lead during the removal, renovation, or demolition of structures painted with lead pigments. Med-Tex Services can provide training the meets the awareness training that meets OSHA’s lead standard for Construction 29 CFR 1926.62 and General Industry 29 CFR 1910.1025.
  3.  Silica
    Occupational exposure to silica can result from inhaling small particulates of common workplace materials such as sand, stone, rock, concrete, brick, block, and mortar. These crystalline silica particulates are the result of job-tasks that include cutting, sawing, drilling, and crushing of concrete, brick, block, rock, and stone products. Exposure to silica can lead to serious and disabling lung diseases such as silicosis and lung cancer. Med-Tex Services can train you and your employers on the hazards associated with silica and ways to mitigate these hazards.
  4.  Benzene
    Benzene is a chemical that is a colorless or light yellow liquid at room temperature. It has a sweet odor and is highly flammable. There is potential for serious adverse health effects when workers are exposed to Benzene for long periods of time. Benzene can effect bone marrow and can cause a decrease in red blood cells, leading to anemia. It can also cause excessive bleeding and can affect the immune system, increasing the chance for infection. Med-Tex Services offers employers training that covers OSHA’s Toxic and Hazardous Substance standard, specifically; General Industry 29 CFR 1910.1028 and Construction Industry 29 CFR 1926.1128.
  5.  Hydrogen Sulfide
    Hydrogen sulfide is produced naturally from decaying organic matter. Hydrogen Sulfide is a highly flammable, explosive gas that is used or is a by-product in many industrial processes such as Petroleum production and refining, sewer and wastewater treatment facilities, and many other facilities. Med-Tex Services can instruct workers on the dangers, detection, and safe-guards they can take to ensure safety when exposed to Hydrogen Sulfide.
  • Hydrofluoric Acid
  • Hexavalent Chromium


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