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Hazardous Substances / Cleaning Products

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Objects Hazards Possible Controls
Storage
  • Chemicals stored above head height may spill on worker lifting them down
  • Hazardous substances stored in close proximity to non-hazardous substances
  • Hazardous chemicals not securely contained
  • Chemical stored in reach and vicinity of children
  • Chemical odours/fumes generated 
  • Where possible avoid storing any chemicals in the carers room
  • Ensure that chemicals that are stored in the room are in locked cupboards
  • Store out of reach of children
  • Maintain clear separation of storage of hazardous substances from non-hazardous substances
  • Ensure that all hazardous substances are kept in undamaged containers with secure caps or lids
Handling
  • Manufacturers instructions unknown or not followed
  • Workers should obtain and read instructions for use, consult the Safety Data Sheets (SDS), and know safe handling precautions to take before working with a hazardous substance
Labelling and identification
  • Hazardous substance used for wrong purpose
  • Substances kept in containers without proper labels
  • Record details of all hazardous substances kept
  • Maintain file of SDS for all hazardous substances used / stored by the workplace
  • Ensure that all hazardous substances are clearly marked as such
  • Dispose of all unidentified substances appropriately
Spillages
  • Unsafe clean-up
  • Contamination of toys or objects
  • Provide workers with instruction in dealing with spillages of hazardous substances, including the name of contacts to arrange clean up
  • Warn others to stay clear of spillage site
  • Workers should obtain and read instructions for use, consult the SDS, and know safe handling precautions to take before cleaning up a hazardous substance spillage
First aid treatment
  • Contact with an unknown substance
  • Ensure first aid officers have information about treatment for skin or eye contact with, and for inhaling or accidentally swallowing, hazardous substances used at the workplace
  • Treat contact with unknown substances with caution until substance is identified