Hazardous Chemicals, and Disposal

HSBNE : Hazardous Chemicals, and Disposal

Hazardous chemicals in their many forms are well recognised as a threat to the environment. In response to this threat, The government at all levels have issued directives and guidelines for the storage and handling of these chemicals.

For businesses, compliance with these directives and guidelines is a significant bureaucratic effort; business must track the storage and use of these chemicals as well as ensuring that staff are trained in the proper handling of them. As a small voluntary organisation, HSBNE does not have the capacity to run such arrangements, even with the best of technology. Consequently, the organisation has decided that it has no other option than to place the onus for any compliance on the individual member.

Definition of Hazardous Chemicals for this policy

A hazardous chemical is defined as a substance, mixture or article that satisfies the criteria for a hazard class in the GHS published by the United Nations. They may have health hazards, physical hazards or both.

A quick test to see if a chemical is considered hazardous, is to look for a GHS pictogram. The latest list is available on the United Nations website here, and a snapshot of current ones is below.

Hazardous Chemical Policy

HSBNE requires that a member:

As a consequence of this directive, a member must be aware of:

When using the chemical, the member must:

Should there be a spill, the member must:

At the end of the job, the member must:

Cause Maintained Chemicals

If a cause has decided they would like to keep a hazardous chemical onsite that would otherwise be prohibited by this policy, they may do so provided:

This does not remove the liability that an individual member has when using that hazardous chemical to follow this policy. Members must still follow all other requirements of this policy including minimising the chance of spills, ensure waste is captured and disposed of, etc.