Managing risks of hazardous substances in a childcare setting
Updated: Jan 18, 2021
Hazardous chemicals are substances that can pose a significant risk to health and safety if not managed properly.
Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010:
s167 Offence relating to protection of children from harm and hazards
Both the approved provider and the nominate supervisor of an education and care service must ensure that every reasonable precaution is taken to protect children being educated and cared for by the service from harm and from harm and from any hazard likely to cause injury.
How can this hazard be managed?
Hazardous substance register
This is a register for all hazardous substances stored, handled or used at the service. The register should list all substances in alphabetical order, and include such information as issue date of SDS, quantity, location and comments. Hazardous substance can be chemicals and cleaning products, garden substances, pest control sprays, paint or glue.
Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for all products
The service should have SDS for all chemicals being used in the service - an SDS gives important information to assist staff to safely use and manage the substances.
Purchasing risk assessment
Using a risk assessment when purchasing these products will identify any risks before purchasing.
Ensuring that all hazardous chemicals are stored in a lockable location.
Substitute hazardous chemicals with non-hazardous chemicals where possible.
Ensure all staff are trained on how to use the products
Most workers are not aware that if the dilution amounts are not followed for the substances than a non-hazardous chemical can than turn into a hazardous substance.
Ensure use of personal protective equipment such as gloves