Types of hazardous chemicals

A variety of hazardous chemicals are commonly found in the workplace. It's important to understand the substances that fall under this classification, as they can have an adverse effect on human health and cause harm to property and the environment.

Hazardous chemicals

Hazardous chemicals are substances that can cause adverse health effects such as poisoning, breathing problems, skin rashes, allergic reactions, allergic sensitisation, cancer, and other health problems from exposure.

Many hazardous chemicals are also classified as dangerous goods. These can cause fires, explosions, corrosion, and hazardous reactions if not handled safely.

Examples of hazardous chemicals include:

  • paints
  • drugs
  • cosmetics
  • cleaning chemicals
  • degreasers
  • detergents
  • gas cylinders
  • refrigerant gases
  • pesticides
  • herbicides
  • diesel fuel
  • petrol
  • liquefied petroleum gas
  • welding fumes
  • asbestos
  • flammable liquids
  • gases
  • corrosives
  • chemically reactive or acutely (highly) toxic substances.

Find out more about the classification of workplace hazardous chemicals.

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