RAWDATAIN WATER BOTTLING Co. Detergent/SoapEnvironmental Work Instruction: EWI-46-03-11 Revision:1/1 Page 1 of 3DETERGENT/SOAPThe detergent/soap group includes laundry detergents, disinfectants, general-purposedetergents, and scouring powders. Toilet and hand soaps, although members of thisgroup, are not considered for control measures due to their low hazard. Many detergentsand soaps contain high pH chemicals such as sodium hydroxide, trisodium phosphate orpotassium hydroxide. These materials should be handled similarly toalkalis/bases/caustics.Ask your supervisor or company safety officer for guidance if you are in doubt aboutwhen or where to wear PPE, or about what type of safety equipment you need for aparticular job.Proper use of PPE, engineering and administrative controls will provide the necessaryprotection against potential injuries and long-term health effects.CONTROL MEASURES .1 Ensure that exhaust ventilation (fixed or portable) is in operation in the vicinity of the area where chlorine- or ammonia-based detergents are being used. .2 If using ammonia-based detergents in areas where exhaust ventilation cannot be provided, wear an air-purifying respirator. Install a green-coded cartridge for ammonia gas. .3 When working with large quantities (5 or 55gallon containers) of high pH powder detergent/soap, in a situation where dust may be breathed, use a disposable dust respirator. .4 Wear rubber gloves to minimize skin contact with a detergent/soap that is not intended for use with skin. .5 Wear splash-proof goggles when liquid or powdered detergent/soap may strike the eyes. (For example, pouring, scrubbing, or spraying with liquid detergent/soap.)PRECAUTIONS .6 Avoid skin contact with detergents/soaps containing sodium hydroxide, trisodium phosphate, potassium hydroxide, or other high pH chemicals. .7 Avoid getting detergent/soap into the eyes. .8 Avoid purposely breathing vapours or dust of detergent/soap. (Keep containers closed when not in use.) .9 Use detergent/soap only as prescribed on the containers label. (Make sure the correct amount and dilution is used.)
RAWDATAIN WATER BOTTLING Co. Detergent/SoapEnvironmental Work Instruction: EWI-46-03-11 Revision:1/1 Page 2 of 3 .10 When cleaning floor surfaces using a detergent/soap, exercise caution and post signs to warn of slippery floor. .11 DO NOT re-use empty detergent/soap containers for any purpose other than to hold detergent/soap wastes. .12 Store detergent/soap in cool, dry areas.HEALTH HAZARDS .13 Prolonged, repeated skin contact with high pH detergent/soap that is not intended for the skin use may result in skin irritation. If detergent/soap irritates the skin during use, stop using the detergent/soap and wash the affected skin areas thoroughly with large amounts of water. Report the incident to a supervisor. .14 Prolonged, repeated exposure to chlorine- or ammonia-based detergent/soap vapours can irritate the eyes, nose, throat, or lungs. If the eyes are itching or watery, or if dizziness or irritation in the nose, throat, or lungs is experienced while using detergents/soaps, stop work and go to an area with fresh air. Report the condition to a supervisor. .15 Contact of detergent/soap with the eyes can cause discomfort or even loss of vision. If a detergent/soap contacts the eyes, stop work and immediately go to the nearest eyewash. Flush the eyes including under the eyelids for 15 minutes. Obtain medical attention immediately, even if the injury does not seem severe. .16 Ingestion of detergents/soaps can cause internal discomfort and irritation to the oesophagus and the digestive tract. If a detergent/soap is accidentally swallowed, call for medical help right away. If drinking water is available, rinse mouth immediately with one glass of water. DO NOT induce vomiting or give the victim anything to eat or drink unless specified by a qualified medical person.SPILL CONTROLS .17 Clear all unprotected personnel from the vicinity of the spill. (NOTE: Evacuation is only required for a large spill which involves danger to personnel.) .18 Ensure that personal protective equipment (PPE) such as goggles, face shield, gloves, and correct respirators are on hand before attempting any spill control
RAWDATAIN WATER BOTTLING Co. Detergent/SoapEnvironmental Work Instruction: EWI-46-03-11 Revision:1/1 Page 3 of 3 actions. Minimum required protection is rubber gloves, and splash proof goggles. Ask your supervisor, or the company safety officer for additional PPE requirements. .19 If the spill is in a confined space, have the gas free engineer check the space before entering. .20 Stop the leak or spill source if it can be done without risk. .21 Collect the spilled detergents/soaps into approved waste containers. .22 Flush spill areas with large amounts of water. Make sure that spill areas are not slippery. .23 If a spill involves fire, report the fire in accordance with established procedures. Use carbon dioxide, fog, or dry chemical extinguishers to fight the fires.