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COSHH Risk Assessment for a Laboratory

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COSHH Risk Assessment for a Laboratory On a daily basis as individuals we encounter all forms of harms or things that are detrimental to our heath and well being, for example when crossing the street you are open to being injured by a passing car or even when your riding a bike you are open to falling down and hurting yourself. Some of the harms we face can be avoided more particular the ones that occur in work places and laboratories. COSHH which stands for Control of Substances Hazardous to Health is the law that was implemented in 2002, it requires employers to control substances which are hazardous to the health of employees as well as others that may come in contact with the work place. The ideology behind COSHH was to ensure that it was safe for employees to work around substances or in environments that did not particularly favour good health; and in situations where by hazardous substances where unavoidable, good practices and controls were implemented to minimize the effects of coming in contact with them. Statistics have shown that since the implementation of COSHH work related deaths have decreased over time. ...read more.


Once identified the next stage is to consider the risks they present to people's health, this involves determining amounts presents in the workplace, how much its used, who will be exposed to it, the method by which it becomes a hazard to people's health i.e. whether it be through the skin or inhaled. Step 2 then involves determining what forms of precaution are needed to remove risks or lessen them to adequate levels. To make the most out of it, it is advised to check that any pre-existing control systems are effective and compare then to resources such as HSE website and other COSHH guidelines. It is vital that records of the assessment are kept. It should be detailed and contain information based on the decisions made and your justifications for use of non-use of controls measures. The assessment should also indicate when the subsequent review would be done. Step 3 is devised to advise you on how to prevent exposure to hazardous substances and if it cannot be prevented then to sufficiently control it. In the case where by prevention is not feasible certain measures should be followed to ensure exposure is kept to a minimal. ...read more.


This includes highlighting the uses of PPE. These are vital pints that must be adhered to, to maximize the effectiveness of controls in place to limit exposure. Laboratory Risk Assessment Area: Science Completed by: Ref No: Date: What task is covered by this assessment? This assessment is used to highlight and place emphasis on the hazards in the lab. Who is exposed to the risk and how many people? Those that are exposed to the risks in the lab include students, teachers and lab technicians. The amount may vary depending on the number of students in the lab. Risks Hazard Actions taken (controls) R1 R2 R3 R4 Infections Cuts Burns Breathing issues . Biological samples/Needles . Glass ware slides . Hot equipment, chemicals such as acids/alkali . Toxic gases, byproducts from experiments. . Use of PPE, such as face mask, use of disinfectant and contaminant area . Don't use at all, use plastics where applicable, separate bin for glass . Gloves and tongs should be used where applicable and correct containers and articles should be used for transfer of chemicals. . Masks and ventilations should be in place to minimizes inhalation of fumes and toxic gases. ...read more.

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