Chemical Health and Safety 2016

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Chemical Health and Safety Chemex Distance Learning │ Working Safely


Why Do You Need Training? • Chemicals can be hazardous Especially if handled incorrectly

• You need to be aware of any risks THINK! Cross-contamination risks are key

• You need to be aware of relevant legislation It protects you, your colleagues and the public; most Health and Safety is common sense - read the label !

• It’s not complicated or difficult...


Jargon: COSHH and CHIPS • COSHH Control Of Substances Hazardous to Health

• MSDS Material Safety Data Sheet - contains all relevant info, aka ‘COSHH sheet’

KNOW WHERE IT IS KEPT

• CHIPS The chemical labelling regulations – we are required to put certain info on the label ALWAYS READ THE LABEL!


COSHH • COSHH is for your protection but... Once you have been trained it becomes your responsibility to comply

• This reduces the instances of… “Nobody told me that!” “That’s not my job!” “I’ve been doing this job for years and never needed protection!” “I get a rash using your chemicals!”


Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) • PPE must be available in the workplace • It is your responsibility to use it Use goggles if spraying overhead or if the label tells you to Use gloves if the label tells you to Most products contain detergent and so can be irritant – just like soap or shampoo


Hazard Symbols • Products have warning symbols • Know what the symbols mean • They are designed to help and protect you and others


Hazard Symbols CHIPS

CLP SYMBOL

GHS CLASS

Meaning

01

Explosive

02

Highly / Extremely Flammable

03

Oxidising


Hazard Symbols CHIPS

CLP SYMBOL

GHS CLASS

Meaning

04

Pressurised Gas

05

Corrosive

06

Toxic (Acute, Cat 1-3)


Hazard Symbols CHIPS

CLP SYMBOL

GHS CLASS

Meaning

07

Harmful / Irritant

08

Long Term Health Hazard

09

Dangerous to the Environment


Harmful / Irritant • Substances and preparations which may cause death or acute or chronic damage to health when inhaled, swallowed or absorbed via the skin Some products are ‘irritant’ as they contain detergents

Powders (such as laundry powder) are usually irritant Diluted forms are non-hazardous

• This is the most common classification for Chemex products


Chemex A to K Guide • Simplifies chemical hazards and first aid Read it BEFORE you need to! H&S Classification

A

B

C

D

Mildly alkaline solutions (pH<12)

Alkaline solutions (pH>12)

Acidic solutions

Substantially neutral solutions (pH 6-8)

Hazard ▼

If Swallowed

 Eye Contact

 Skin Contact

 Exposure to Vapours

E

F

G

H

J

K

Solvent based products containing chlorinated aliphatic hydrocarbons

Highly flammable solvent containing products. Flash point <32°C

Solvent based paint strippers and products containing chlorinated aromatic hydrocarbons

Miscellaneous products including oxidising agents, biologically active chemicals and poisons

Aerosols

Solvent containing products. Flash point >32°C

Do not induce vomiting. Wash out mouth with water. Give frequent sips of water. Seek medical attention for any adverse effects.

Irrigate thoroughly with clean water. Seek medical advice if irritation occurs.

Irrigate thoroughly with clean water.

Irrigate thoroughly with clean water for 15 minutes. Seek medical attention for any adverse effects.

Wash thoroughly and treat with hand cream.

Wash thoroughly and treat with hand cream or calamine lotion. Seek medical attention for burns, large area exposure or persistent irritation.

Prolonged Wash thoroughly and treat with hand cream or calamine lotion. Seek contact may medical attention in instances of severe or long term effects. cause irritation due to de-fatting, use hand cream or calamine lotion to relieve effects.

Will result in coughing and irritation. Remove affected person to fresh air.

Remove affected person to fresh air. In cases of prolonged effect, seek medical attention.

See individual product label.

Remove affected person to fresh air and keep warm. In cases of prolonged effect, seek medical attention. Apply artificial respiration if necessary.

Irrigate thoroughly with clean water.

See individual product label.


The Golden Rules Chemical safety is really just common sense… • NEVER MIX CHEMICALS They can react together dangerously

• READ THE LABEL Follow the instructions - they are there to help you

• READ THE COSHH DATA And know the first aid treatment

• USE PROTECTIVE CLOTHING It is for your own protection. Use it!


The Golden Rules • ALWAYS USE THE PROPER CONTAINERS Never use unmarked containers or those designed for other uses, e.g. those used for food and drink

• STORE CHEMICALS SAFELY Segregate different hazard classes if applicable

• WORK SAFELY Follow the rules. They are there to protect you!

• REPORT spillages or faulty / damaged equipment


Good Work Practice • Storage areas should be maintained in a clean and tidy condition • All containers should be kept tightly sealed • Spillages should be dealt with immediately

• Adequate washing facilities must be available on site


Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) • Must be supplied if needed for task undertaken • PPE must be readily available in the workplace • It is your responsibility to use it Read the label! It tells you if you need PPE!

Make sure you understand the hazards Many products contain detergent and so can be irritant – just like soap or shampoo Take special care with corrosives etc


Summary • READ THE LABEL • Understand the risks • Know where the COSHH data is kept

• Use the PPE • Work safely and sensibly It’s for your protection – and those around you

What would you do if you saw this?


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