Checklist to manage chemical hazards
03 Jun 2020 - Flaaim
Below is a checklist of controls you should consider to manage your chemical hazards. The control measures you choose should be recorded in your risk assessment.
- Are all chemicals listed in your chemical inventory?
- Can the process be changed or eliminated so that the work is less hazardous?
- Can hazardous chemicals be substituted with less hazardous chemicals?
- Can the chemical be handled in enclosures (hoods/booths)?
- Can the chemical be isolated from the workforce?
- Can ventilation be used to prevent exposure?
- Can the number of employees at risk of exposure be reduced?
- Is it appropriate to rotate employees and reduce individual exposure?
- Can the time spent doing the job be reduced to limit exposure?
- Can the work practice be improved?
- Are employees trained to recognise the chemical hazards and know how to work safely with chemicals in the workplace?
- Do employees have access to the SDS and do they understand them sufficiently?
- Have employees been instructed on how to read a chemical label?
- Are procedures in place for safe use, handling and storage of chemicals?
- Are employees supplied with effective protective work clothing?
- Is personal protective equipment required?
- Are sufficient personal hygiene facilities in place?
- Are chemicals stored correctly?
- Are emergency procedures in place?
- Is atmospheric monitoring required for certain tasks?
- Is health surveillance required for certain tasks?
- Have you recorded your chemical hazards and the control measures in place?
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