6.1 Describe hazardous substances and materials that may be found in the work setting

Qualification: Level 2 Diploma in Care
Unit name: Health, Safety and Wellbeing in Care Settings
Learning outcome: 6. Know how to handle hazardous substances and materials
Assessment criteria: 6.1 Describe hazardous substances and materials that may be found in the work setting

 

Hazardous substances and materials in the workplace can potentially cause adverse health effects if stored or used incorrectly. They can include:

  • Cleaning products such as bleach and detergents
  • Bodily fluids such as vomit or faeces
  • Soiled linen such as bedding or clothing
  • Dust
  • Fumes
  • Medication

They are regulated by the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002. This is often abbreviated to COSHH.

It is important to read the warning labels and instructions for use on such substances and materials and use them in line with your employer’s agreed ways of working to ensure the safety of yourself and others.

It is essential that you store, use and dispose of these substances and materials correctly.