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Safety and prevention

The secrets of solvation

Why taking an interest in solvation? By better understanding the properties of solvents we can better control their engineering use and take the required or simply necessary prevention measures in the best possible way.

The danger of hydrofluoric acid (HF)

Hydrofluoric acid is a key chemical in many industries, particularly as a surface treatment agent (glass, metals, ceramics, etc.) or as a reaction additive. It is used in many fields of activity, from the production of photovoltaic cells to industrial maintenance in the food industry. Despite the dangers associated with its use, there are few or no substitute products or techniques. This is why its production is growing along with its global demand.

The Occupational Health Nurse and risk assessment

Risk assessment for chemicals is a prerequisite to any risk prevention programme in general. It should lead to the construction of preventive actions plan in the Occupational Health Nurse’s project approach.

Occupational Health Nurse (OHN) and chemicals

Since the creation of the Inter University Diploma Course « DIUST » in 1994 in France followed by a license in occupational health, legislation as well as the OHN's role keeps evolving.

Pictographs in the workplace

The new European reglementation CLP (Classification Labelling Packaging) 1272/2008 integrates the GHS system in Europe, and with it, new pictographs representing chemical hazards.

Are we prepared?

Are we ready for events involving chemicals that would be capable of decimating a population?

Endocrine disruptors

The endocrine system plays an essential part in the maintenance of the biological equilibriums that are necessary for life.

Laboratory – Storage of chemicals

Storage of many different chemicals in a laboratory setting is done following a few simple rules: * Store by chemical compatibility * Use secondary containment

Laboratory – Fire prevention

The lab technician was cleaning metal parts with hexane. The parts were placed in a beaker of hexane which was on a hot plate.