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A Report Of The Investigation into Health and Safety In The Workplace.

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Working Safely In Science: A Report Of The Investigation into Health and Safety In The Workplace Introduction In this report I will explain the different precautions taken to provide a safe place of work in three different workplaces. The first will be about Health and Safety at Graham School. The second will be about Health and Safety at Scarborough Sixth Form College and the last will be about Health and Safety at CP Kelco's Knowsley Plant. The aims of this report are to see which workplace has the most hazards and precautions that they have to handle. Safety in science is very important. In safety you can be pro-active or re-active. Pro-active is where you stop a hazard before it happens e.g. not throwing a can onto the field so that it does not get chopped up by a lawn mower and can cut someone. Re-active is where you see an accident and do something to prevent another accident happening. A hazard is something that could or would cause us harm. A risk is where an activity has the potential to do us damage. A risk assessment is where you assess the risk of an activity. Every workplace has a Health and Safety representative who has to carry out risk assessments to keep the employees safe. In law, health and safety plays a big part. There is a Health and Safety executive who provides instructions and advice on how to stay safe in the working environment. They also have the ability to shut a place down. Risk Assessments The risk assessments we at Graham School and Scarborough Sixth Form are given have eleven headings. ...read more.


He also added that even he didn't like using it because it is that harmful. Q2. Where do you store the chemicals when not in use? A2. The chemicals are stored in a secure room that is always kept locked keeping it a restricted zone. The sections of the rooms are separated to keep the types of chemicals separate and the higher the shelf the more risky that chemical is. The really highly flammable chemicals and bromine are kept in fireproof cupboards that are locked and the key is kept in that room. There is also a list on the outside of the storeroom so that if there is a fire inside the room the firemen and firewomen know what hazards there are in the room. Q3. Have you ever been in a situation where a student has been injured and how did you react? A3. He told us that there was one occasion when a student spilt a very high-risk chemical on their hands and their skin started to bubble. As he had done a risk assessment on all the chemicals and had used the hazcards he knew what to do and washed it off as soon as possible. Q4. What is the most dangerous Chemical you have and what does it do? A4. Bromine is the most harmful chemical as it is the only one that students aren't allowed to use. It is very toxic, corrosive and dangerous to the environment. It could kill you or give you chronic health problems and can burn through your skin. Mrs Penny Here are the questions that we asked Mrs Penny and the answers she gave us: Q1. ...read more.


Two chemicals that are highly dangerous are IPA, which is flammable and so not to be smoked around. It is also explosive. Ammonium Nitrate is a fertiliser but is actually the main ingredient for making a bomb. First Aid If in contact with a chemical there are safety showers for a full body wash and also eye wash stations that have a sterile solution for cleaning your eyes. The plant has a lot of people trained in first aid and it has first aid boxes. It has a first aid room in the Admin Building. They also have people trained in the use of a defibrillator, which is kept in the Shift Managers Office. It is used to shock peoples heart back into action. Emergency Procedure If there ever is an emergency the staff are all well trained and know what to do. They have a fire alarm, which is tested every Friday morning. They also have trained first aid personnel in each department who are trained in CPR. They have to fill out an Accident Report Sheet to stop it happening again. Health and Safety is always first on the agenda at morning meetings. Conclusion My aims for this report were to see which workplace has the most hazards and precautions that they have to handle. In conclusion I have decided that CP Kelco's Knowsley plant has the most hazards and precautions to handle out of all of the three. I think that they all handle the hazards well enough though but the only difference is that even after taking the precautions CP Kelco's Knowsley plant still has a high risk where as the others do not. ...read more.

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