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1 The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations A Guide for Cleaning Operatives

2 Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 Introduction Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations Chemicals (Hazards Information and Packaging for Supply) Regulations 2002 (CHIP)

3 Substances used directly in work activities e.g. cleaning agents What is covered? Substances generated during work activities i.e. fumes Naturally occurring substances e.g. dust Biological agents e.g. bacteria

4 Identifying Symbols Irritant Oxidising Agent Corrosive Flammable Explosive Damaging to the Environment Toxic

5 Safety Data Sheet 1.Identification of Preparation and the Supplier 2.Composition 3.Hazards Identification 4.First Aid Measures 5.Fire Fighting Measures 6.Accidental Release Measures 7.Handling & Storage 9.Physical and Chemical Properties 10.Stability & Reactivity 11.Toxicological Information 12.Ecological Information 13.Disposal Considerations 14.Transport Information 15.Regulatory Information 8.Exposure Controls/Personal Protection 16.Other Relevant Information

6 Storage COSHH Risk Assessment The assessment should cover all stages of use: Delivery Usage Disposal

7 COSHH Risk Assessment Assess the risks Identify hazardous substances Precautions Monitor controls Staff involvement

8 COSHH Risk Assessment File Hard copy of assessments All products covered Completed by competent person Master file maintained Copy of file held on site Provided to cleaning operatives with guidance Update annually or when product changes

9 Familiarise yourself with the file What Next? Read all product labels carefully before use Ensure containers are accurately labelled Never mix chemicals Add chemicals to water

10 Ensure tops are tightly replaced What Next? Wipe up spillages immediatley Use dispensers Treat cleaning chemicals with respect Make suggestions about improving safety Remember - the assessments are there for your safety - make sure you understand them!

11 Guide to COSHH Janitorial Express Kings Cross London N7 9NT


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