1.3 Chemicals in the Workplace

Chemicals used in the workplace can be classified into the following two overlapping groups which help users identify the potential risks of handling the products:

Substances that can have an adverse effect on health or the environment following exposure, such as when a person is using a chemical in a workplace.

Substances that present an immediate hazard to people, property, or the environment mainly in the context of transporting or storing these substances. Examples include explosives, flammable liquids and gases, corrosives, and chemically reactive or acutely (highly) toxic substances.

Both have important implications for the safety of product users.

Within the Agar range, some of the products classified as hazardous are also classified as dangerous goods. Some hazardous substances pose a greater risk than others. Each product should be evaluated according to individual criteria.