Chemical Hazards in the Workplace




If you work with chemicals, you have a right to know what the chemicals are and how you can work with them safely.



In the U.S., employers must keep a list of all hazardous substances in the workplace, and the employer must provide workers with a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for any hazardous substance that is used by or in the vicinity of the worker. The employer must also train workers about chemical hazards and how to protect themselves.

Pesticides - including insecticides, herbicides and fungicides - are poisons designed to kill unwanted plants and animals. They are all toxic to humans, to some degree, and many of them are dangerous even in small amounts. 




Asbestos:

A selection of fact sheets from NYCOSH and others





Brownfields:

Chemical Hazards at Brownfield Sites, NYCOSH



Carbon Monoxide:


Carbon Monoxide Fact Sheet, NYCOSH

OSHA Carbon Monoxide Fact Sheet

NJ Carbon Monoxide Fact Sheet


Diesel Exhaust

NYCOSH Diesel Exhaust Fact Sheet

 

Hazards of Buying Green Products

Buying Green is Hard to Do: Hazards of Buying So-Called Green Products

 

Hydrogen Sulfide:

OSHA Hydrogen Sulfide Fact Sheet

 

Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs):

Presenation of Robert Herrick, Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health, at May 8, 2012 Community/Labor Workshop, NYCOSH 2012 Safety and Health Series

Presentation of Chris Proctor and Ed Olmsted, Safety and Health Department, United Federation of Teachers, at May 8, 2012 Community/Labor Workshop, NYCOSH 2012 Safety and Health Series

Presentation of John Gorman, Chief of the Pesticides and Toxic Substances Branch, EPA Region 2, on behalf of Judith Enck, Regional Administrator, EPA Region 2, at May 8, 2012 Community/Labor Workshop, NYCOSH 2012 Safety and Health Series.


Silica:

Work Safely with Silica, a one stop source of information on how to prevent a silica hazard and protect workers, Center for Construction Research and Training






Where to Find More Info:

Alternate Sources of Information on Chemicals, NYCOSH


Chemical Policy Resources

Initiatives
NYCOSH Offices:

New York City
61 Broadway - Suite 1710
NY, NY 10006
212-227-6440
(Fax) 212-227-9854

Long Island
150 Motor Parkway - Suite 306
Hauppauge, NY 11788
631-435-1857/1865
(Fax) 631-435-1893