Managing Risks with Chemicals in Department of Education, Training and Employment (DETE) Workplaces

Version Number

3.2

Implementation Date

10/12/2013

Scope

Department-wide

Purpose

​This procedure states the ways risks from chemicals are to be managed in order to minimise the risk to the health and safety of people at DETE workplaces and to other persons who may be affected by the activities carried out at these sites. Duties for managing chemicals including storage, handling and disposal of chemicals are also outlined in this procedure and associated guideline.​

Overview

​In compliance with the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Qld), the Department of Education, Training and Employment (DETE) has a duty to protect the health and safety of its employees and other persons, including students, volunteers and visitors to departmental workplaces.

This procedure and related guideline provide information to assist staff at Department of Education, Training and Employment workplaces meet legislative requirements for the safe use of chemicals and to implement effective management practices.

The Department is committed to an environmentally sensitive approach to pest control through an integrated pest management framework. The aim is to prevent unacceptable levels of pest damage by the most economical means and with the least hazard to people, property and the environment. The use of physical and biological controls to prevent pests from being attracted, obtaining food and reproducing on DETE sites should be investigated prior to the implementation of chemical control strategies. The Department aims to apply the principles of the Pest Management in Schools guidelines to pest management activities on all departmental sites.

Responsibilities

​Officer in Charge:

Process

Officer in Charge:

  • ensure information, instruction and training is provided to employees, volunteers and visitors on the correct handling, use, storage and disposal of chemicals
  • communicate to all staff their duties and the requirements for managing the risks from chemicals
  • provide appropriate time and resources to support the management of chemicals in the workplace
  • monitor work practices of staff, students and visitors to ensure compliance with appropriate work processes
  • monitor the work plans and practices of contractors to ensure that their work complies with appropriate work processes
  • ensure appropriate documentation such as, safety data sheets, risk assessments, register of hazardous materials and a record of personal protective equipment, is maintained
  • provide appropriate resources for personal protective equipment to control the risks of chemical exposure
  • review management practices regularly to ensure risks associated with chemicals are adequately managed
  • ensure staff are aware of prohibited chemicals and ensure that staff do not purchase or use prohibited chemicals.

In addition, School Principals:

  • align and implement practices in accordance with the guidance provided in Pest Management in Schools guideline
  • ensure that the following prohibited chemicals are not used by Schools Officers (Education Queensland staff):
    - Schedule 6 poisons
    - Schedule 7 poisons
    - Organophosphate insecticides
    - Creosote
    - 2,4-D based insecticides.

Line managers/supervisors:

  • conduct/provide information, instruction and training for employees, volunteers and visitors on the handling, use, storage and disposal of chemicals
  • communicate to staff their duties and the requirements for managing the risks from chemicals
  • implement the processes in the Guideline for Managing Risks with Chemicals in DET Workplaces to control the risks of chemical exposure
  • maintain appropriate documentation such as safety data sheets, risk assessments, register of hazardous substances and a record of personal protective equipment
  • monitor and approve risk assessments associated with the acquisition, use, storage and disposal of chemicals
  • provide supervision and support to ensure safe chemical work practices are followed
  • ensure volunteers and others follow safe work practices developed for the management of chemicals
  • provide appropriate equipment for the purpose of workplace health and safety, including personal protective equipment and monitor its correct usage
  • report any incidents or injuries to the officer in charge/administration at the DETE workplace
  • ensure staff are aware of prohibited chemicals and ensure that staff do not purchase or use prohibited chemicals.

All employees:

  • utilise information provided in the Guideline for Managing Risks with Chemicals in DETE Workplaces
  • assist in identifying, assessing and managing risks associated with the acquisition, use, storage and disposal of chemicals
  • participate in training regarding the management of chemicals
  • assist in the implementation of chemicals management practices to ensure the health and safety of staff, students and others
  • follow safe chemical work practices
  • ensure volunteers and others follow safe work practices developed for the management of chemicals
  • be aware of prohibited chemicals and ensure they are not purchased or used at relevant DETE workplaces
  • use appropriate equipment provided for the purpose of workplace health and safety including personal protective equipment
  • take reasonable care of own health and safety and that acts or omissions do not endanger the health and safety of others
  • report any incidents or injuries to the supervisor or administration at the DETE workplace.

Non-employees (e.g. contractors, volunteers, visitors and pre-service teachers):

  • participate in induction training prior to using chemicals
  • follow safe work practices for the management of chemicals
  • take reasonable care of own health and safety and ensure that acts or omissions do not endanger the health and safety of others
  • report any incidents or injuries to the supervisor or administration at the DETE workplace.

Online Resources

Review Date

11/04/2014
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