It is important to adhere to COSHH regulations, but it can be a bit confusion sometimes what you do and don’t need to be doing.
Here’s our simple guide to getting your cleaning team compliant with COSHH:
- Get your Team COSHH Trained
Getting you and your team COSHH trained is a very important part of the process; you need to ensure that anyone who uses cleaning chemicals is aware of the risks and also what to do in the case of an accident.
You can take COSHH training online; or get in contact to discuss other COSHH training methods including face to face training.
- Rationalise Your Chemicals
Over time you are bound to get your chemical list grow arms and legs. Some like a particular product for a particular area, some like the smell of another; soon you have a sweat-shop arrangement of products that pretty much do the same thing.
It is important that you go through this process to make the next steps easier for you.
- Get COSHH Sheets for all the products you have got.
It is really important you have COSHH sheets for all the chemicals you have got. Download them from our website, or if you have an online account, click on Download All COSHH sheets at the top of the My Proudcts page, and all the products in your ‘My Products’ list will be downloaded into a folder.
COSHH Shets should be easily accessible, so you can either store them in the cleaning cupboard, in the office or on a shared drive. It’s always better to have the printed copy to ensure it is to hand if you have an accident.
- Carry out COSHH risk assesments for all the chemicals you have got.
The COSHH sheets cover all the risks with a particular chemical and it is really important that you carry out a risk assessment on all the chemicals you use.
COSHH risk assessments are straightforward to do; it is basically contextualising the COSHH sheet for the specific application and way you use the product.
- Ensure you have the relevant PPE
Your risk assessments should state if PPE is required for any products. Generally you will need goggles if you are diluting a product and sometimes when using a chemical; and it is always a good idea to wear gloves when cleaning (even soap strips the natural oils from your skin).
- Get your dilution under control
Ensure you have a handle of the way that your chemicals are being diluted to ensure that you are not using the products too strong. Generally you will find a few cleaners guilty of ‘the glug’ simply tipping a chemical into their trigger spray or bucket or simply just guessing what should be OK!
The best option here if you have a problem with this, is to switch to the Easy Dose self-dosing bottles – they have a chamber on the top of the bottle – squeeze the bottle and the chamber fils with the super-concentrated chemical – one dose is enough for a trigger spray or small bucket; a double dose may be required for a larger bucket like a Kentucky bucket.
Get in contact for dosing charts that can be used to re-enforce the dilution of each of the products and shows which products should be used in each area.
- Keep control of your trigger bottles
Possibly the biggest area for things to go wrong is by having product in the wrong trigger spray bottles, or in an unlabelled bottle. Use chemicals where you can get spray printed trigger spray bottles to go with them, or labels to ensure that this is an area that is complied with. The HSE can levy fairly heavy fines for every unlabelled trigger spray bottle. What is important that your team understands if they are harmed by a chemical or have an accident, they need to be able to tell a doctor the product they have been affected by in order that they get the help they need quickly.
Contact us for more details or for a review of how your COSHH compliance.