HSE publishes guidance on health and hazardous substances

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Bootle, Merseyside, UK — A new guidance provides information about common health hazards associated with exposure to hazardous substances (including harmful microorganisms) when handling waste and recyclables during collection and sorting activities. It outlines how to identify and assess those hazards and how to eliminate or reduce the risk of ill health from exposure to them.

The paper was produced by the Health and Safety Executive in consultation with the Waste Industry Safety and Health (WISH) Forum.

The guidance offers answers to questions on health risks from hazardous substances and hints on managing the risks. It shows how employers should provide and maintain general control measures, adapted as appropriate to local circumstances. It demonstrates that arrangements will depend on the particular circumstances of the workplace and that employers need to assess first-aid needs. One chapter is dedicated to specific control measures in case of skin diseases, of contact with chemicals, pesticides and insecticide, of biological hazards. And another includes managing the risk of infection from needlestick and ‘sharps’ injuries.

„Health and hazardous substances in waste and recycling“ is available under hse.gov.uk.

Source: Health and Safety Executive