Health and safety manager has requested a COSHH folder....now I could reply: 'what should be in the COSHH folder' but would rather avoid that. Do you have any idea what such a folder should contain?
I believe Timstar said they put all of theirs online. Others may have done the same. Suppliers also occasionally send over a CD of them to us.so....our stock records with hazcard references???? The suppliers don't give out paper chemical details anymore with deliveries.
think the hazcards cover this, check with CLEAPSSHealth and safety manager has requested a COSHH folder....now I could reply: 'what should be in the COSHH folder' but would rather avoid that. Do you have any idea what such a folder should contain?
This is pretty much inhouse Hazcards, I think this is precisely the reason why most of the schools subscribe to CLEAPSS...COSH sheets had to be done for all my chemical stock. Our H&S dept. sent me a piece from HSE which stated that they had to be done using the MSDS sheets and showing on them relevant info on what it was used for etc.
Hi I have just looked at CLEAPSS Hazcard Info and on page 3 it quite clearly states that science and technology do not need to have seperate COSHH sheets as if you follow CLEAPSS guidance the Hazcards are sufficient.We were recently asked by the head of junior science what we did about COSHH. She had been asked by another JS teacher who is best buddies with the school compliance officer. We explained about CLEAPSS and their hazcards, the requirement for teachers to do their own risk assessments (and document it somewhere), etc etc. It seemed to all be new information. Slightly worrying as she is a chemistry teacher and the head of chemistry is our rep on the school health and safety committee.
We have two large lever arch files of the manufacturers safety sheets. Apart from filing stuff in them I don’t think I have ever referred to them.
CLEAPSS provide the risk assessment and how to deal with that chemical. It's all on the Hazcard.Hazcards are not enough because coshh requires a risk assessment that requires you to have a plan on how you will deal with that chemical.
Include the MSDS (they will be online from the main suppliers, or you can hunt one out - they have drawbacks because they are for chemicals on an industrial scale) and a simple COSHH assessment saying who deals with that chemical, spill and emergency responses etc. A lot of that is 'refer to MSDS' or 'staff only /staff and students" and 'first aider, eye wash tubes, spill kits " etc.
I went through this with a safety officer working for quality endorsements in that field, so I believe it was a good interpretation of the legal requirements. And 'chemicals' means everything, not just what you order from the suppliers. Risk does not end because you bought something from tesco instead of timstar!