Why WHMIS training is essential for restaurants.
Recently, there has been a lot of media coverage about the tragedy that occurred at a Buffalo Wild Wing location in the US. The General Manager died after being exposed to toxic fumes from a mixture of cleaning agents. Thirteen other people – 11 employees and 2 customers – also had to be treated with symptoms of burning eyes and difficulty breathing. (Source: CNN, view article here)
This tragedy is a sad reminder of the dangers that employees face every day in their workplace. These types of tragedies can be avoided, and it is up to the employer to make sure their employees are properly trained, and that all potential hazards are properly stored and labeled.
Restaurants in particular must maintain strict cleaning procedures, and this involves a variety of chemicals and cleaning products. Mixing of these compounds can be lethal, and this tragedy is a stark reminder of this.
Our mission is always to help employers ensure the safety of their employees and customers. Proper training is essential for the safety of everyone who encounters chemicals and cleaning products in their workplace.
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Separately in the U.S. on Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a report warning of serious adverse events, including death, associated with ingesting alcohol-based hand sanitizers containing methanol.
From May 1 through June 30, 15 cases of methanol poisoning were reported in Arizona and New Mexico, associated with swallowing alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Four patients died, and three were discharged with visual impairment.
Health Canada says frequent use of hand sanitizer containing methanol may cause dermatitis, eye irritation, upper respiratory system irritation and headaches.