Compressed gases can be hazardous due to the nature of the chemicals and the high pressures used in cylinders and gas supply systems. In July 2017, 11 workers were conveyed to hospital after a gas leak occurred in one of the production floors of a factory.
Gas leaks from the pressurised cylinders or gas supply systems can lead to rapid accumulation of hazardous gases especially in enclosed environments. Exposure to hazardous gases can lead to ill-health and may even be fatal.
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In a recent workplace accident which took place in a manufacturing facility, an employee was found unconscious next to the machine he was working on during maintenance work. Tetramethylammonium Hydroxide (TMAH) was one of the hazardous chemicals used in the machine.
The Ministry of Manpower has sent out a circular to the industry to inform users of TMAH on its corrosive and neurotoxic hazards and the safe use and handling of TMAH.
To read the circular, click here.
To reinforce greater WSH awareness among construction workers, the Singapore Contractors Association Ltd (SCAL) has developed a mobile application that can be easily accessed by site supervisors to train and highlight safe practices at worksites.
The mobile application provides visual images of actual situations on site that workers can relate to directly. Topics covered in the app include work at height, electrocution and traffic management.
The mobile application can be downloaded on Android and Apple devices by searching for “SCAL” in the respective app stores.