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  1. 1. C.O.S.H.H Promoting the Safe Use of Chemicals in CleaningC.O.S.H.H Awareness Training By Power Hygiene
  2. 2. What is C.O.S.H.H? Control of Substances Hazardous to HealthAim of COSHH?To protect people against risks to their health, whether immediate or delayed, fromsubstances hazardous to health arising from a work activity.COSHH is a legal objective and requirement.It is there to enforce and raise safety standards in the workplace.It is there to reduce the frequency and severity of accidents involving chemicals andother hazardous substances.COSHH is based on identifying the hazard of a substance and then determining therisk…
  3. 3. What is a ‘substance hazardous to health?COSHH covers substances that are hazardous to health. Substances can take manyforms and include: chemicals products containing chemicals fumes dusts vapours mists nanotechnology gases and asphyxiating gases and biological agents (germs). If the packaging has any of the hazard symbols then it is classed as a hazardous substance.
  4. 4. C.O.S.H.H – Who is Responsible? Everyone!COSHH is everyone’s responsibility. We are all responsible for complying withCOSHH. Which falls under the scope of the Health and Safety at Work act.Ignorance of the law is no defence and should your actions (or inaction) cause anaccident you could be charged with anything from negligence to manslaughter.Therefore, it is important that you fully understand your responsibility – not onlyto ensure your safety and your colleagues safety, but also to avoid falling foul ofthe law.This may all sound rather alarming. Thankfully, it is really very, very simple to staylegal and stay safe…
  5. 5. Hazards and Risks? A Hazard Is the potential of a substance to cause you harm A Risk Is the likelihood that it will harm you in use, this depends on : • the hazard • how it is used • how it is controlled • who is exposed, to how much, for how long • what they are doingConsider a hazardous chemical such as an oven cleaner. This is a very strongchemical and will clearly be labeled as such. It has the potential to cause harm if it issplashed onto the skin or into the eyes.
  6. 6. Hazards and Risks?We need a strong product to properly and effectively clean the oven, so we cannotmitigate or reduce the hazard of the task. However, we can manage the riskbetter, By ensuring we wear gloves to protect our skin and goggles to protect theeyes we reduce the risk of suffering harm.If not…..This may happenCOSHH is all about identifying the hazards and managing the risks…
  7. 7. The Golden Rules of Chemical SafetyALWAYS treat all chemicals with respect - familiarity can breed complacency.AVOID personal contact with chemicals. Protect the skin and eyes. Avoid swallowing / inhaling.ALWAYS wear protective equipment. Use eye protection, gloves, protective workwear, etc.ALWAYS obey instructions supplied with the chemicals - Refer to labels & safety literature.ALWAYS replace closures on containers.ALWAYS store chemicals correctly.ALWAYS ensure that safe systems of work are implemented whenever chemicals are handled.ALWAYS know the emergency first aid procedures.Pay attention to the particular hazards of individual chemicals. eg corrosives.ANDNEVER indulge in horseplay.NEVER smoke, eat or drink near chemicals: use only designated areas.NEVER mix chemicals unless specialised knowledge is available.
  8. 8. Hazard Symbols IrritantChemicals that may cause inflammation to the skin or other mucous membranes.This symbol covers a wide range of (sometimes relatively minor) hazards - withprecautions such as avoid contact with the skin, do not breathe, etc Anyone usingan irritant substance should wear eye protection such as goggles, and they shouldtake care to wash any spills off their skin immediately.
  9. 9. Hazard Symbols Harmful Chemicals that may cause damage to healthAgain, this is quite a wide ranging category. Anyone using a harmful substanceshould wear eye protection such as goggles, and they should take care to wash anyspills off their skin immediately – or better still, reduce the risk of contact bywearing appropriate work wear and gloves.
  10. 10. Hazard Symbols Corrosive May on contact cause destruction of living tissue or burns.Can attack and destroy skin, eyes etc. Concentrated solutions of strong acids wouldbe labelled with the corrosive symbol. Concentrated solutions of strong alkaliswould also be labelled this way. Anyone using a corrosive substance should weargloves and eye protection, such as goggles or a face shield.
  11. 11. Hazard Symbols Toxic Chemicals that at low levels cause damage to healthAnyone using a toxic or very toxic chemical would need to take great care. Theyshould wear gloves and eye protection, and they may wear a mask over their mouthand nose or handle the chemical in well ventilated or specialist conditions.
  12. 12. Hazard Symbols Highly FlammableChemicals that may catch fire in contact with air, only need brief contact with anignition source, have a very low flash point or evolve highly flammable gases incontact with water.Only a handful of actual cleaning chemicals fall under this category. This symbol ismore often seen on aerosol containers. The chemical itself may not be flammablebut the propellant that drives it out of the can is often flammable. Aerosols willalways carry a warning about avoiding sources of ignition, direct sunlight and heat.
  13. 13. Hazard Symbols Explosive Chemicals that explodeWe know of no cleaning chemical that bears this symbol. If we discover one – wewill avoid using it! This sort of chemical requires an ignition source (such as a flameor spark) but there are some substances that movement alone could trigger it!
  14. 14. Hazard Symbols Oxidising Chemicals that react exothermically with other chemicalsThis sort of chemical is extremely rare in cleaning. Oxidising chemicals are materialsthat spontaneously evolve oxygen at room temperature or with slight heating, orthat promote combustion. To be kept away from flammable chemicals at all costs!
  15. 15. Hazard Symbols Dangerous for the EnvironmentChemicals that may present an immediate or delayed danger to one or morecomponents of the environmentA rarity in the Power product range. Power Hygiene have a very good environmentalprofile and avoid chemicals bearing this symbol. Of course, product such as flykillersinvariably carry this symbol as they are supposed to be dangerous to flies and bugs!
  16. 16. PPE Personal Protection EquipmentYou must make full use of any Personal Protective Equipment which is provided for youruse. If you are in any doubt over the correct PPE required for a given task then ASK!Never overlook your overalls as a means of protection. They may seem pretty flimsy butthey can protect you from all sorts of potential hazards. Be sure to use them asintended, not with the sleeves rolled up to clean an oven, for example. And don’t forgetto change them immediately if any chemical is spilled on them.Gloves and gauntlets will give excellent protection of hands and forearms, even if youdo find them uncomfortable to wear.Goggles are essential when handling any chemical which could spill or splash. You onlyget one pair of eyes, so look after them.In some situations it may be necessary to wear some protection on your feet. This maybe the case if you are washing down a waste disposal area, and run the risk of walkingthrough a solution of water and chemicals.
  17. 17. First Aid “accidents can happen –take the correct actions immediately.”EyesRinse immediately with plenty of water, holding the eyelids open and seek medicaladvice immediately if corrosive, irritant or caustic products, for all otherclassifications seek medical advice if effects persist.InhalationRemove from source of vapour or spray mist and seek medical advice.SkinWash thoroughly, (for corrosive, irritant or caustic products seek medical advice)IngestionRemove product from mouth, Never induce vomiting, if conscious give plenty of water ormilk to drink and seek medical advice..
  18. 18. Correct Dosing & Dilution
  19. 19. Chemical Cleaning DOs & DO NOTs DOsWherever possible, ensure chemicals are kept in a secure and locked roomUse the correct chemical for the task being carried outWear rubber gloves and protective glasses at all timesInform your supervisor / manager of any accidents or spillages involvingchemicalsThoroughly wash hands after using chemicalsFollow the directions for use on the label / product guidance sheetEnsure work areas are well ventilated when using chemicalsThoroughly wash out any buckets after useRinse and clean any equipment after use. Store equipment securely and safelyReport any faulty / leaking containersFollow emergency and first aid procedures in the event of an accident
  20. 20. Chemical Cleaning DOs & DO NOTs DO NOTMix chemicals under any circumstancesLeave chemicals in unmarked containersPut chemicals into other incorrect containersLeave chemicals unattendedDeviate from manufacturer’s instructionsUse chemicals you are not trained to useUse any chemicals other than those approvedStore chemicals other than those approvedIssue chemicals to unauthorised persons
  21. 21. C.O.S.H.H Promoting the Safe Use of Chemicals in CleaningC.O.S.H.H Awareness Training By Power Hygiene