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The main purpose of the Chemicals Act 2008 and 2010 is to facilitate the enforcement of certain EU Regulations concerning chemicals. These Regulations include the:
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This Code of Practice is effective from January 17th 2020 and replaces the 2018 Code of Practice for the Chemical Agents Regulations. The 2020 Code of Practice has been re-structured to support both the Chemical Agents and Carcinogens Regulations, as amended.
Schedule 1 now contains a list of all EU Commission derived Occupational Exposures Limit Values (OELVs) and includes new Binding OELVs from three recent amendments of the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive.
Schedule 2 contains a list of Advisory OELVs derived from non-EU sources.
Schedule 3 lists intended changes, (including the 5th Indicative OELV list).
Schedule 4 lists carcinogenic substances, mixtures and processes and Schedule 5 contains the CAS number index.
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In order to ensure chemical safety in the workplace, information about the identities and hazards of the chemicals must be available and understandable to workers. All employees who work with chemicals must be provided with the necessary training and Safety Data Sheets provided and known to staff.
Under Section 8 of the Act the employer has a duty to ensure the employees’ safety, health and welfare at work as far as is reasonably practicable. In order to prevent workplace injuries and ill health the employer is required, among other things, to:
The employer must ensure a safe working environment for their staff in the different work locations that cleaners may be involved in. The employer should have or provide the following:
The duties of employees while at work are set out in Section 13 of the Act. These include the following:
Employees should be familiar with the hazards in each workplace and the control measures to take to keep themselves safe. This is all contained in the Risk Assessment. Workers who handle cleaning chemicals should be familiar with the hazards of the chemicals and the precautions to take when handling them. This includes the use of any personal protective equipment. Employees should also be vigilant for any signs of dry skin, dermatitis or respiratory problems and report these to their employer as soon as possible.