A Guide to the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health in by CIRIA


A few of the fabrics and chemical compounds used on development websites can current future health dangers. it truly is principal that web site staff and executives are conscious of the potential hazards and the precautions that needs to be taken. This e-book informs the consumer concerning the keep an eye on of gear unsafe to future health (COSHH) rules 1988, which impose sure specifications at the garage, dealing with and use of chemical substances. It supplies counsel on enforcing the laws in the building setting, with cross-references to express laws governing lead and asbestos. consumers and architects at an early degree in getting ready necessities will locate the time table of dangerous elements within the appendix relatively valuable, as will others trying to find possible choices. The booklet additionally comprises easy details to be used in an emergency whilst no specialist suggestion is instantly at hand

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Workers using epoxy resins, cement dust, mortar and other dermatitic agents should receive skin inspections at regular intervals from a qualified person. This may be a foreman or supervisor who has received suitable training. Again the inspections should be recorded together with any follow-up action, such as advising a worker to go to his GP at first signs of a skin condition. CARCINOGENS A limited number of cancer-causing agents may be used in the construction industry. Health surveillance is appropriate when any carcinogenic substance is used except when exposure can be shown not to be significant.

For liquids, visors protect face and eyes 3l Risk of Hand Contamination? No Yes Change work practices or select suitable gloves (check material is suitable barrier to contaminants) Ensure good washing facilities available and used Risk of General Skin Contamination? No Yes Change work practices or select suitable footwear (including toe and sole protection) and coveralls (check material is suitable barrier to contaminants) for toxic materials such as soil contaminants, epoxies, or insist on full clothing for cement etc.

44 CIRIA Report 125 CONTAMINATED SITE WORK The past use of the site is investigated, following the strategy outlined in BSI DD:175. The site is an old gasworks. Investigation and assessment A preliminary inspection is carried out, checking for structures, tanks, culverts, storage areas/pits, signs of surface colouration, inconsistent weed growth, odours, signs of fly-tipping, discoloured/smelly water. Care is taken to avoid hazard to the Surveyors. A detailed site survey strategy is adopted. Care is taken to protect the Surveyors by employing procedures which minimise exposure to hazardous substances during the site work and in the laboratory.

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