Training courses are now available from training providers and you can get further details directly from the from the further information part of this site.material safety data sheet (MSDS), or product safety data sheet (PSDS) are documents that list information relating to occupational safety and health for the use of various substances and products.The first purpose of review is to see if the existing assessment is still suitable and sufficient. If it appears that the assessment is no longer valid, it does not mean that the whole assessment has to be revised.
All employers must carry out a risk assessment and those employing five or more employees must also record significant findings.
This record needs to be accessible so that safety representatives, inspectors, etc. You can find further information on working with hazardous substances in the HSE publication Working with substances hazardous to health.
Working with substances hazardous to health provides more information Remember that a Health Surveillance record is different to a medical record.
Medical records are generated by a health professional, namely a Dr or Nurse, who is competent as regards the hazard, risks and likely health effects.
An assessment should be revisited to ensure that it is kept up to date and an employer should do this regularly.
The date of the first review and the length of time between successive reviews will depend on type of risk, the work, and the employers judgement on the likelihood of changes occurring.
Ventilation of a process, usually called local exhaust ventilation (LEV) means extracting any gas, vapour, fume, mist or gas from a source of airborne contaminant.
The rate of extraction depends on the size of the source.
Use this information to evaluate risks to health and minimise exposure by taking sensible measures, such as using a vacuum cleaner instead of a brush, or keeping lids on containers. If it is not dangerous for supply the supplier should include instructions for safe use with the package.
Report suppliers who refuse to provide safety information to HSE.
The parts of a safety data sheet you may find most useful are: Further information on Safety data sheets is available. A good safety data sheet (SDS) does not substitute for carrying out and recording a COSHH risk assessment.