Control of substances

Standard Health and Safety Procedures

            Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH)

§  Staff implement the current guidelines of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations.

§  Personal protective equipment (PPE), such as rubber gloves, latex free/vinyl gloves, aprons etc., is available to all staff as needed and stocks are regularly replenished.

§  Hazardous substances are stored safely away from the children.

§  Chemicals used in the setting should be kept to the minimum to ensure health and hygiene is maintained.

§  Risk assessment is done for all chemicals used in the setting.

§  Environmental factors are considered when purchasing, using and disposing of chemicals.

§  All members of staff are vigilant and use chemicals safely.

§  Bleach is not used in the setting.

§  Anti-bacterial soap/hand wash is not normally used, unless specifically advised during an infection outbreak, such as Pandemic flu or Coronavirus.

§  Anti-bacterial cleaning agents are restricted to toilets, nappy changing areas and food preparation areas and are not used when children are nearby.

§  Members of staff wear rubber gloves when using cleaning chemicals.