Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances

                     Dangerous Substances

Introduction:

Effective management of safety and health risks in the workplace benefits everyone involved. It is good for workers, good for society as a whole and good for service provision. Exposure to dangerous substances is much more common in workplaces than most people imagine.  In our healthcare settings we use hundreds of different chemical products, such as;

- cleaning agents
- disinfecting and sterilising agents
- laboratory chemicals
- medical gases
- anaesthetic agents
- cytotoxic drugs and pharmaceutical substances. 

Depending on the tasks, our staff can come into contact with several different chemical substances.

The aim of this years campaign "Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances 2018-19" is to raise awareness of the risks posed by dangerous substances in the workplace and to promote a culture of risk prevention. For more information about this campaign, please click here.

The HSE are delighted to support the European Safety Agency's campaign and have taken this opportunity to review chemical safety to provide helpful information and tools for all our colleagues to better manage hazardous chemicals in the workplace. 

The NHSF have developed a campaign focusing on chemical safety management, including a step by step approach to managing hazardous chemicals in the workplace (see diagram below).  You will also find a comprehensive resource pack with all supporting documentation necessary to implement your chemical management system in your area.

Managing Hazardous Chemicals:

If you have identified hazardous chemicals in your department, an effective chemical management system is required to ensure the chemical agents are managed, handled and used safely in compliance with legislation and to reduce risk.

Chemical Risk Assessment Overview (click on the BUTTONS below for more information)

Identify Hazardous Chemicals

                  Evaluate and Monitor  Idenitfy Hazards Identify the Risks Risk Assessment Identify Controls                                     Consultation

Chemical Safety Resource Pack:

Resource pack For all the templates and guidance you require, see your chemical safety resource pack