Industry Standards & Legal Compliance

Industry Standards & Compliance

Protecting Staff: COSHH Risk Assessments

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Many chemical products that are used for cleaning and sanitising are classified as hazardous and pose a danger to staff who have not been trained how to store, handle and dilute chemicals in a safe manner. Similarly, staff who are not aware of the hazards associated with chemicals might also cause accidental damage to surfaces and equipment from the incorrect selection or dilution of chemicals. Carrying out a COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) assessment can help reduce the risk to staff (and to valuable equipment).

Gather Information: To carry out a basic COSHH risk assessment requires information about any chemicals on site that are classified as hazardous and knowledge about how these products are handled and used.  Every workplace will be different in terms of the work processes carried out and the controls that are currently in place.

Controls: Consider what “controls” are currently in place that help to prevent staff coming into contact with hazardous chemicals, such as electronic dosing systems, dilution control devices, extraction systems, ventilation.

PPE: where controls are not available, what Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is used to prevent staff from coming into contact with hazardous chemicals? What PPE is available (Gloves, Safety Glasses, Visors, Footwear, Overalls, Dust Masks, Respirators, etc..) Ensure that PPE is fit for purpose and sufficient to reduce the risk of exposure to hazardous substances

Information and Training: ensure that all relevant staff are trained to recognise the chemicals used in their work area, how these should be stored and handled. Make sure that staff know how to wear PPE correctly.

Carry Out a Risk Assessment: consider all tasks that involve the use of hazardous chemicals. Decide which processes have the greatest potential danger and give these a score or ranking. This might involve consideration of processes that use chemicals with the highest hazard (corrosive, toxic), processes where there are few controls or perhaps processes where large numbers of staff are involved.

Review Results of the Assessment: consider what steps might be taken to reduce the risk to staff (more controls, use a safer chemical, better PPE, etc..). Reconsider the assessment when there is any significant change in the process or a new chemical is introduced.

 

How can Arpal Gulf help?

Although Arpal Gulf LLC cannot assume the legal responsibility of the employer for protecting his staff, we are able to support our customers through the provision of relevant information, advice and training in the safe use of our products. Safety Data Sheets are available for all our products, supported by clear product labelling, Product Guidance Sheets and wall charts.