Coshh And Solvents-doat

Business Solvents are used in a number of industry areas, including construction, painting and decorating and woodworking. Solvents are chemical substances. They come in the form of varnishes, paints, adhesives and stains. The most common form of solvent use in the construction industry for example, is white spirit (in paints and cleaning products) and xylene (in adhesives and pesticides). The use of solvents in any industry exposes workers to serious health hazards. Safe working practise is essential to ensure minimal exposure.Solvents can cause harm to health and are governed under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (CoSHH) law. Employers are required to prevent or control their employees’ exposure to hazardous substances. There are a number of health effects brought on by the use of solvents. It can be extremely dangerous to inhale solvents. Some solvents can be absorbed through skin contact and cause dermatitis. If solvents have contact with the eye area this can result in inflammation and irritation. The main side effects to solvent use are irritation of the skin, eyes and lungs. It can also result in headaches, nausea, dizziness and feeling lightheaded. Solvent exposure may reduce concentration and this could result in more accidents occurring such as falling off ladders or slower reactions in dangerous situations. If solvents are used in areas with little or no ventilation or if there have been solvent spillages the health hazards associated are heightened. Exposure in such circumstances can lead to unconsciousness or even death. Employers have a duty to follow CoSHH regulations in the use of solvents, and ensure that their usage is assessed and prevented or controlled accordingly. Manufacturers or suppliers will always have safety data sheets containing the relevant safety information corresponding to each hazardous product containing solvents. If employers cannot prevent the use of solvents in a particular task then the task should be adequately controlled. The least dangerous substance should be used. The work area should be well ventilated and if necessary local exhaust ventilation equipment should be used. Spray solvents allow too much vapour to gather in the air, so brush based solvents are a better alternative. Solvents should be stored in suitable containers which are properly labeled. Lids should be tightly sealed to avoid spillages. Spillages can result in high exposure levels and an increased fire risk. The risk assessment should consider any possible spillages and any action to be taken in such situations. The use of personal protective equipment (PPE) should be provided when using solvents. Such equipment includes overalls, gloves and respiratory equipment. Good hygiene measures should be adhered to. Adequate washing facilities should be on site and accessible to employees. For clothing that has been contaminated by solvents, then these items should be professionally laundered. All staff using solvents should be suitably trained and informed on the health hazards and risks associated. About the Author: Dale Allen delivers CoSHH compliance as one of the UK’s leading compliance authorities. Find out more about how you can use his online COSHH365 CoSHH asssessment tool to produce compliant CoSHH assessments with the benefits of a managed Safety Data Sheet library. Article Published On: 相关的主题文章: