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Chemical/Biological

Reagents

RisksAssociated Control Measures
Risk of personal injury/long term health effects
  • Read all relevant COSHH guidelines and risk assessments pertaining to reagents to be used and follow instructions for use.(Available from Lab Supervisor)
  • Wear gloves and safety glasses
  • Wash hands frequently.
  • Clear up any spillages immediately using methods indicated in COSHH guidelines.
Risk of environmental damage due to inappropriate disposal
  • Do not pour any chemical into drains, rivers etc.
  • Dispose of all reagents in accordance with Departmental guidelines (see Departmental Safety Arrangements)
  • Waste should be brought back to the Department in clearly labelled containers for disposal.
  • Do not mix different types of waste reagent - they may react violently or need to be disposed of by different methods.
  • Do not put waste reagents into "food" containers - eg. Soft drinks bottles, Ice cream tubs etc.
  • Do not put waste or any reagent into any inappropriately labelled container.
Risk of endangering other people's health and safety
  • Label all reagents clearly.
  • Do not leave chemicals unattended in the field.
  • Follow guidelines for correct disposal.
  • Clear up any spillages immediately using methods indicated in COSHH guidelines.
  • Do not put reagents into "food" containers - eg. Soft drinks bottles, Ice cream tubs etc.

 

Agro-chemicals

RisksAssociated Control Measures
Crop spraying - Risks of poisoning due to ingestion and absorption of agrochemicals including organophosphates.
  • Seek information from land owner as to when crop spraying is likely and when entry to field will be safe. Do not enter fields until safe to do so.
  • Avoid pools and puddles which may contain chemicals
  • Ensure waterproof protective gloves are worn.
  • Clean hands frequently, especially before eating - preferably use antiseptic medical wipes.
Plants and Soils - may be contaminated with chemicals. Risk of ingestion and absorption through skin.
  • Be aware that any skin contact is hazardous - avoid wearing shorts if walking through a field that has been sprayed.
  • Keep arms covered - long gloves or gauntlets are suitable.
  • Ensure waterproof protective gloves are worn.
  • Clean hands frequently, especially before eating (or smoking!) - preferably use antiseptic medical wipes.

 

Pathogens

RisksAssociated Control Measures
Health risks from working in aquatic environments
  • Be aware of health risks from water borne pathogens eg. Hepatitis 'A', Weil's Disease, Polio and toxic cyano-bacteria
  • Hepatitis 'A' and Polio vaccinations are highly recommended.
  • Ensure Tetanus vaccinations are up to date
  • Wear waterproof gloves.
  • Clean hands frequently. Always wash hands before eating, preferably using antiseptic medical wipes.
Health risks from miscellaneous sources
  • Ensure Tetanus vaccinations are up to date
  • Hepatitis 'A' and Polio vaccinations are highly recommended.
  • Have the recommended vaccinations before travel.
  • Avoid drinking contaminated water
  • Avoid close, prolonged contact with infected people.
  • In remote/overseas locations be careful of eating food prepared by other people - particularly meats or fish and salads.
  • In remote/overseas locations - Be wary of accepting ice in drinks.
Risks from agricultural diseaes
  • Be aware that some fields are cordoned off due to soil borne pathogens. These are easily spread from field to field if you walk or drive through them.
  • Do not enter fields with DEFRA notices on them, even if the land owner gives permission.
  • Consult DEFRA for further information.

 

 

Plants

RisksAssociated Control Measures
Associated risks
  • see also - allergies
  • see also - pathogens - agricultural diseases
Risk of Poisoning
  • Do not eat any wild plants as they may be poisonous or carry parasites.
  • If handling plant material, wear gloves.
  • Wash hands frequently
  • Plants may be coated with any airborne pollutant present in the area - avoid brushing against plants with bare arms/legs.
Cuts and grazes
  • Be aware of any plants with thorns, spines etc.
  • Clean and cover any cuts or grazes sustained to prevent infection.
  • Be aware of low, over-hanging branches.
  • Be aware of tree roots and creepers that may cause you to trip.