COSHH Policy

INTRODUCTION

EHCS attaches great importance to the occupational health of its staff and service users using substances, which are hazardous to health.

EHCS will aim to ensure these risks are minimised and that staff will receive instruction and training and information.

Appropriate precautions are in place to prevent exposure to substances hazardous to health:

• Substances are controlled
• Control measures are used and maintained
• Monitoring system is in place

The control of substances hazardous to health regulation 2002 first came into effect in 1989. The regulations require EHCS to ensure that exposure of staff and service users is controlled or prevented.

The COSHH regulations cover most substances hazardous to health in the work place form cleaning fluids to substances dealt with at a chemical incident and body fluids.

The regulation requires risk assessment to be carried out before care staffs are introduced to a service user.

POLICY

The object of the policy is to ensure that staffs comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health regulations 2002.

The aim of the policy and procedure is to:

• Ensure that all reasonable steps are taken to ensure that all exposure of staff to substances hazardous to health is prevented
• Ensure that EHCS Management has systems in place that will effectively control the purchase, storage, use and disposal of hazardous substances under its control

SUBSTANCES HAZARDOUS TO HEALTH

Definition:

• A substance that is classified as very toxic, harmful, corrosive or irritant by the CHIP regulations. (Chemicals Hazard Information and Packaging Regulations)
• Substances that have been given a Maximum Exposure Limit (MEL) or an Occupational Exposure Standard. (OES)
• Micro Organisms that create a hazard to health
• Substantial concentrations of dust of any kind in the air
• Any substance comparable to the above

RESPONSIBILITIES

EHCS are responsible for ensuring that all COSHH systems are implemented at all service users’ homes and that a risk assessment has been carried out prior to the commencement of care.

OPERATIONAL CONTROL

EHCS will ensure appropriate training has been completed to safe guard staff from COSHH, as follows:

• Protective clothing
• Decontamination
• Breathing apparatus
• Storage
• Disposal

REPORTING

All staff will be aware of reporting procedures for reporting incidents, accidents and near misses arising from, or in connection with, hazardous substances.

INFORMATION AND TRAINING

EHCS will ensure that all staff are aware of the hazards, correct use and control measures for all hazardous substances used.

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