The image in this pictogram shows a tube spilling liquid onto a hand (right) and a piece of metal (left). This pictogram represents the dangerous products that can cause corrosion to metals, skin and those that can cause serious eye damage. Corrosive materials are often acids or bases, although other chemicals can be corrosives as well.
Corrosive Acid examples:
Corrosive Base examples:
Two separate incidents show how easily a corrosive material can cause damage to an employee when the proper precautions are not taken.
It is NOT only workplace materials that can be corrosive in nature. Many common household materials can be corrosive as well and can cause serious damage if not handled properly.
Did you know - Some of your common everyday household products may require personal protective equipment for safe handling?
Corrosive Household Product examples:
The WHMIS | GHS pictograms, like those shown throughout this article, are put in place for a reason. It is imperative that these symbols and the recommended methods of safe handling are put into place, whether at work or at home.
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