What are the Different Types of Chemical Hazards?

Posted On: July 3, 2018

Chemical Hazards are Present in a Range of Workplaces and Industries. The specific type of hazard varies according to each workplace, site, and industry. Learn about the types of chemical hazards below.

To Identify a Chemical Hazard

It is important for workers to be able to identify different types of chemical hazards.

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The type and severity of each hazard depends on:
  • The specific chemical
  • Any other chemical[s] in the mix, if any
  • The proportion and concentration of the chemical, mixture or solution

Types of Chemical Hazards

  • Flammable Hazards - Materials that burn or ignite.

Examples of a flammable hazard: Acetonitrile, Methanol, Diesel Fuel, Mineral Spirits

  • Corrosive Hazards -Materials that cause visible destruction and/or irreversible alterations at point of contact.

Examples of a Corrosive  Hazard: Acetic Acid, Photographic Fixer, Sodium Hydroxide

  • Reactive Hazards - Materials that are liable to explode or react violently on contact with air, water or other chemicals.

Examples of a Reactive Chemical Hazard: Benzoyl Peroxide, Nitric Acid, Picric Acid, Silane, Sodium Metal

  • Toxic Hazards - Materials that cause harm if they enter the body, such as carcinogens, mutagens, and poisons.

Examples of a Toxic Chemical Hazard: Benzene, Bromine, Powdered Inks and/or Pigments, Sodium Azide, Formaldehyde

  • Irritants - Materials that cause harm by irritating the eyes and/or skin, and cause allergic reactions, drowsiness, lack of coordination and/or organ damage.

Examples of an Irritant: Ammonia, Poison Ivy, Sulfur Dioxide

  • Environmental Hazard - Materials that are toxic and/or cause harm to the environment at large, particularly aquatic animals.

Examples of an Environmental Hazard: Anthrax, Arsenic, Asbestos, Lead, Mercury, Oil

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