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  • Health & Safety Memo - Health in the workplace - Hazardous substances - 5900
    The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) protect the safety of those who may be exposed to hazardous substances at work. Substances fall within the regulations if they have a detrimental effect on human health. Principally, this covers chemicals and products containing chemicals, but can include naturally occurring substances such as biological hazards (see ¶6010+; for legionella, see ¶6500+) and the by-products of work processes. Some hazardous substances are dealt with under...
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  • Health & Safety Memo - Health in the workplace - Hazardous substances - General control - Control measures - Local exhaust ventilation - 5942
    Wherever airborne contaminants are present, local exhaust ventilation (LEV) should be used to remove dusts, vapours, fumes and gases at their source as this is the first step in the hierarchy of control. This stops the substance contaminating the atmosphere and harming those working in the area. They can provide ventilation to a whole room or be built into a hand-held tool, such as a sander. The collection hood on the LEV draws the contaminant into the equipment. The contaminated air is then moved into ventilation...
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  • Health & Safety Memo - Health in the workplace - Hazardous substances - Control of major accident hazards - 6100
    The Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations 2015 (COMAH) were introduced to implement European law known as the Seveso III Directive. They aim to prevent major accidents involving certain dangerous substances (listed at ¶6104+ below), and to limit the consequences for people and the environment should an accident occur. The regulations are enforced by the competent authority (CA), which consists of the HSE and, depending on location, the Environment Agency (EA), Scottish Environment Protection Agency...
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  • Health & Safety Memo - Health in the workplace - Hazardous substances - Control of major accident hazards - Emergency planning - Internal emergency plan - 6131
    The operator should consult with those employed at the establishment, the EA/SEPA/Natural Resources Wales as applicable, emergency services and the local health authority when preparing the plan. The internal plan must include the following information: - names or positions of people authorised to set emergency procedures in motion and the person in charge of co-ordinating the internal mitigatory action; - name or position of the person with responsibility for liaison with the local authority responsible for...
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