COSHH Risk Assessments by Product:
We, as your employer, are responsible for taking effective measures to control exposure of workers to materials, chemicals and dust that may be hazardous to health.
The risks to long-term health are prolonged exposure to hazardous substances that can cause lung disease in later life such as asthma, asbestosis and cancer. Many substances we use in the workplace are potential skin irritants and you can develop debilitating and long-term dermatitis with prolonged exposure.
The irony that some workers are particularly susceptible to developing dermatitis from prolonged contact with the ‘lubricating’ powder used in rubber protective gloves to help put them on so you can protect yourself from other chemicals … just goes to show you must be aware that even the most innocuous of chemicals like talcum powder can sometimes damage your health.
Substances can also have other dangerous properties. They may be flammable, and we use many paints and materials that are solvent-based and give off flammable vapour. Even clouds of dust from everyday materials, such as wood dust, can explode if ignited in a confined space.
We reproduce the current hazard labels you should be aware of. The international symbols do not have specific risks associated with each design in the same way as the European counterparts. They are intended to alert the user for the need to read the manufacturer's instructions before use to promote personal safety and protect health.
There follows a series of data sheets of the materials and substances we have in common use on our sites. The list is not intended to be exhaustive and can only ever reflect the most common materials and substances we currently stock and distribute to workers at this time.
It therefore follows, that a responsibility exists for workers at all levels to inform Head Office of any new materials or substances they intend to use that is not listed here, so we can decide whether to just add the required data sheet to the Head Office Date Sheet File available for staff to access for occasional use, or perhaps adding the data sheet to this list for more frequent access.
1. Crown paints.
4. Acrylic Sealant.
8. HSS Grease.
10. Mitre Kit Activator.
11. Silicon Spray.
13. Fire Cement.
If you have any concerns or ways to improve Health and Safety then please communicate them to our management. Most accidents and risks to long-term health can be avoided if the hazards that cause them can be identified and eliminated.
Unit J5, The Fulcrum
6 Vantage Way, Poole, BH12 4NU
Unit 5, West Howe Industrial Est
Elliott Rd, Bournemouth, BH11 8JY
Tel: 01202 474001