This section concerns the safe management of chemically based materials during:
It is relevant to laboratory workers and anyone working with a chemically-based substance (including paints, glues, cleaning fluid etc.) who must assess whether hazardous chemicals are being used in sufficient concentration or quantity or in a way that poses a significant risk to either health, environment or property.
This document addresses the prevention of harm being caused by the substances covered by the COSHH Regulations, except for micro-organisms and allergens (which are covered by other University policies).
Published document name: chem-coshh-po.pdf
Date of publication: August 2002
Author: Andy Macquiban
Contact: Andy MacquibanControl of Chemically Hazardous Substances Policy (PDF, 201 kb)
COSHH requires employers to take any necessary steps to protect their employees from the harmful effects of hazardous substances. These may be in any form (solid, liquid, gas, fume, vapour), any type (including micro-organisms and allergens), and can present a hazard to health by a variety of routes of exposure. Substances can be absorbed through the skin, injected, inhaled or ingested: they may be irritant or corrosive to skin or eyes. Substances that need consideration are those used in, or generated as a result of, any work activity under the employer's control (e.g. research, student studies, general laboratory work, cleaning, maintenance etc.). The extent or degree of the risk posed by these substances is dependent on the severity of the hazard (inherent in the substance), and the potential amount of exposure (weights or volumes used, dustiness or volatility, frequency or duration of tasks).
This disposal route is now managed by staff from Sustainability who should be contacted for further information and documentation, including the waste disposal form.
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