Control of Substances Hazardous to Health - COSHH Level 2 (VTQ)

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Handling of Chemicals

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Safe Handling of Chemicals in the Workplace: Essential Guidelines

Understanding Chemical Hazards

Handling chemicals in the workplace requires careful attention to safety:

Variety of Chemicals

Workplaces handle a diverse range of chemicals, from cleaning substances in offices to flammable liquids in factories. Regardless of the type, correct handling is crucial to prevent injuries and mitigate risks.

Key Guidelines for Safe Chemical Handling

  • Identify Chemicals: Know the chemicals you're handling.
  • Read Safety Data Sheets: Review SDS for essential information and keep them accessible.
  • Labeling: Ensure all chemical containers are properly labelled with necessary information.
  • Know Safe Uses: Understand the approved applications of chemicals.
  • Follow Handling Instructions: Adhere to safe handling practices and use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Avoid Chemical Mixing: Be cautious of chemical reactions and potential hazards.
  • Practice Good Hygiene: Wash thoroughly after handling chemicals and avoid eating, drinking, or smoking during handling.
  • Dispose Properly: Dispose of chemicals correctly to prevent contamination.
  • Be Vigilant: Stay focused when carrying chemicals and handle them with care.
  • Use Specialized Equipment: Utilize machinery or designated areas for handling specific chemicals.
  • Store Safely: Return chemicals to designated storage areas after use.

Legal Obligations and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

The Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 1992 mandate employers to provide and employees to use appropriate PPE. Consult your manager if you have any concerns or uncertainties.