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Chemical agents are defined by specific EU directives as any agent which by virtue of its properties or the way it is used, presents a risk to the safety and health of employees. As chemical agents are likely to be hazardous, they must be handled according to their safety data sheets and the completed chemical agent risk assessments. Control measures need to be put in place to minimise exposure and therefore a safe system of work must be implemented by the Unit concerned. The Chemical Agents Regulations set down the required safety controls including:
1. Compile an inventory of all the chemicals held (including those from recent deliveries, storage, in use and waste agents). This is to be in accordance with the NUI Galway Inventory Policy and Inventory Template.
2. Chemical agents must be risk assessed (see link for details).
3. Prevent and Control of Exposure
Principles of Prevention/Hierarchy of Controls - 2005 Act Schedule 3
- NUI Galway Safety Statement Appendix 6
Approved Handling Procedures - NUI Galway Safety Statement
Picric Acid Guidance Note
4. Emergency Procedures
Chemical Spills - Emergency Action Plan
5. Information and Training
Regulations and Guidance:-
Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Chemical Agents) Regulations, 2001
Guidelines to Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Chemical Agents) Regulations - HSA
2011 Code of Practice ��" HSA
Other Information Resources:-
EC Risk and Safety Phrases/Newer Hazard and Precautionary Statements - see HSA Chemical Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Poster and Sigma Aldrich examples in the Links.
Chemical Safety in the Workplace (HSA)
SDS - Safety Data Sheets
Chemicals need to be properly labelled. To ensure that chemical solutions are clearly identified use the attached labels provided by the NCBES Safety Team.
1. Print off colour labels using Avery QuickPEEL L7160 63.5 x 38.1 mm labels.
2. Chemical users then fill in the name of the solution, it's concentration, their (printed) name and the date.
3. Black out (with a marker) the hazard pictogram(s) that do not apply to that particular chemical agent. Leaving only the applicable pictogram(s) visible.
4. Put the chemical label on the container(s) and wash off when no longer needed (e.g. soak in detergent).