When you work in certain environments, especially industrial ones, it is not uncommon to use and to come into contact with hazardous materials on a daily basis. Fortunately, as long as you exercise the proper precautions when around these materials, you and others in your workplace should be perfectly safe. With that being said, however, if there is ever a workplace spill involving hazardous materials, you'll want to make sure that you clean it up properly and fully following all hazmat guidelines.
Not doing so can result in serious workplace hazards, especially if the spills involve any of the most dangerous materials covered below.
Blood and Bodily Fluids
The thought of spilled blood, urine, or other bodily fluids is a pretty disgusting one. In fact, it sounds like something straight out of a horror movie. Despite this fact, however, these kinds of spills do occur, typically within the medical field.
It is important to understand that bodily fluids, no matter how innocuous they may seem, can be very dangerous since most bodily fluids can carry and spread a wide range of different diseases and other ailments. Thus, if there is ever a spill of blood or other bodily fluids within your workplace, professional hazmat spill cleanup is an absolute must in order for safety to be maintained.
Ether is another potential workplace hazard. This is especially true if the substance is spilled and/or if it is older than five years old. At this point in its age, especially if it has been stored in unstable or inappropriate conditions, it can actually turn into a very toxic combustible. To keep this from happening, make sure all workplace storage requirements are followed for this substance, and always have proper and thorough cleaning of ether done in the event of a spill, regardless of the material's age.
Some Cleaning Products
Finally, while it may surprise you, some cleaning products can actually be quite hazardous if spilled and not promptly and thoroughly cleaned up. For this reason, be aware of any and all ingredients in the cleaning products used in your workplace. That way, you will know when an unexpected hazard presents themselves and how to properly deal with them.
These are actually just a few of many materials that can be hazardous if spilled, so do your best to educate yourself on workplace hazards, and enlist a proper, thoroughly trained cleaning crew to respond to any spill hazards right away.