Hazardous Substances

Hazardous SubstancesObjective of Hazardous Substances

Objective of Hazardous Substances is to understand their physical & chemical properties and to implement the control measures to ensure the safety of the workplace.

Storage & Use of Hazardous Substances

  • Oil Paints
  • Lubricants
  • Sealants
  • Solvents
  • wood grinder dusts

Hazards / Risks / Consequences

  • Inhalation of Dust Fumes Vapors, metals – Lung Cancers & disease leading to death, asthma, sore eyes, vomiting.
  • Contact with skin – Dermatitis, sensitization, skin diseases leading to cancer
  • Contact with eyes – Visual Impairment acute and chronic, burns. Conjunctivitis
  • Falls of materials – Death, or serious injury, fractures, bruises, cuts, and possible all the above, property Damage
  • Storage and handling of chemicals throughout the project on soil and near water sources- serious
    contamination of water sources and soil

Actions required To reduce or control risks

  • MSRA must be in place prior to start the work activity
  • Ensure Job safety analysis (JSA) /Prestart briefing/TBT is given.
  • All substances must have accompanied Material Safety Data Sheet from Manufacturer.
  • Follow MSDS storage requirements.
  • COSHH Assessment on substance required suitable to work.
  • PPE must be worn as per recommended on label of tin/drum. If no label do not use the substance do not.
  • First Aider on site with adequate first aid facilities.
  • All workers aware of hazards from COSHH assessment.
  • Ensure adequate ventilation to move or extract fumes, and respiratory equipment is worn
  • Storage of substances must be secure and of good construction with ventilation, placed in cool and shaded area and out of direct sunlight.
  • Make sure chemicals and PPE’s is disposed of in accordance with Material safety data sheet.
  • Always clean hands and face thoroughly before eating, drinking or smoking, ensure firefighting equipment is put in place.
  • Use Barrier creams and moisturizers.
  • Ensure adequate signage is put in place around the area of the task
  • Suitable firefighting equipment to be suitably located and marked.
  • Ensure Hazard warning signage is displayed