Health and safety Criteria - COSHH

posted Apr 7, 2015, 7:11 PM by tes johnson   [ updated Apr 7, 2015, 7:14 PM ]

COSHH and Hazardous Substances 

 

TJ's  is aware of its duties to control employees and non-employees exposure to substances hazardous to health, as outlined in the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002. 

A wide variety of substances and chemicals are used on a regular basis, though wherever possible safer alternatives are always used. No substance shall be used unless it has been properly assessed and the risks identified. Factors when determining risks include: 

  1. Type, nature and form of substances being used. 

  1. Quantities involved. 

  1. Potential mechanism of harm (ingestion, skin contact, inhalation etc). 

  1. Individual susceptibility. 

  1. Degree of exposure (duration x concentration). 

  1. Individuals at risk. 

Risk shall be reduced via the COSHH control hierarchy of: elimination/substitution; dilution; engineering controls such as LEV and environmental management; training; hygiene procedures and PPE. 

All chemical substances (solvents, fluxes, oils etc) will be assessed for possible health effects or safety requirements by consulting the relevant suppliers/manufacturers hazard information and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS’s).  Appropriate precautions will be implemented before use and no substance will be used unless approved by the Director Responsible for Safety.  All containers used for transporting substances will carry the appropriate warning labels as required by the HSE’s Classification Packaging and Labelling Regulations. Storage of chemicals substances, flammable materials, liquids and gases will follow current good practice and will comply with any relevant legal requirements. 



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