straight forward health and safty advice
A chemical is not just something used by scientists in laboratories - most
people use chemicals as part of their job or at home every day
Cleaning products such as bleach and oven sprays are chemicals. So are paints, inks, glues, and oils.
Most of the chemicals you might use at work are not dangerous if you use them properly and know
what to do if something goes wrong (such as spillage). But some chemicals need more careful
handling than others.
By law, suppliers of chemicals are required to label their
products with hazard symbols, warnings and safety advice if a
chemical is dangerous; managers in workplaces where
chemicals are kept or used must ensure that the
chemicals are used safely. Manufacturers may also
include ‘instructions for use’ either on the label, or
on a leaflet supplied with the product. Suppliers
must provide safety data sheets for dangerous
chemicals used in the workplace. This is a detailed
information sheet provided by chemical suppliers to
their customers so that workers and the
environment can be properly protected.
Remember that hazards and risks are not limited to substances labelled as ‘hazardous’. Also,
that many substances are hazardous to health when they are transferred from your hands onto
food, cigarettes, etc and so taken into your body.
To avoid this, always follow good personal hygiene practices, for example:
wash you hands before eating drinking and smoking and before using the toilet;
only eating, drinking and smoking away from the point of exposure.
Read the Risk and COSHH Assessment/s that apply to your work and make sure that you understand
how the work is to be done.