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Chlorine Safety

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Chlorine is one of the 90 elements essential to daily life, along with oxygen, hydrogen, and carbon. Chlorine is used in many processes, including electronics, water purification, synthetics, and medicines. Around 12 million tons of chlorine are produced for such purposes in North America alone. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recognizes chlorine as a hazardous material and imposes strict exposure limits in the workplace. This course presents an overview of chlorine, its health risks, how to control and respond to chlorine exposure, and how to protect your workforce from potential harm.

Target Audience
All managers, supervisors, and employees whose normal activities could result in occupational chlorine exposure

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Chlorine Safety

  • identify the characteristics of chlorine
  • identify the uses of chlorine in industry
  • identify how chlorine exposure can occur
  • identify the symptoms of chlorine exposure
  • match exposure levels for chlorine to their imposed limits
  • recognize examples of chlorine-exposure prevention in a given workplace scenario
  • identify personal hygiene procedures for employees working with chlorine
  • identify the types and treatment of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for when chlorine is present in the workplace
  • identify when respirator protection is necessary under the OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard
  • identify the actions to take following the release of or exposure to chlorine in a given scenario
  • identify methods for the safe storage of chlorine
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