A collection of templates and checklists to help in establishing chemical safety routines in a school.
A school is legally required to document how it works with chemical safety. As part of this documentation, a written set of routines is needed.
Establishing routines may require a change of mindset and culture in the organization. However, when the routines are an integrated part of the work culture, they facilitate work by describing how things should be done to ensure chemical safety for both staff and students. Furthermore, they make it easy to train new employees in the school’s chemical safety practices.
If your school has not previously had a systematic approach to chemical safety, the list of routines may seem overwhelming and perhaps unfamiliar. Do not try to do everything at once. Make a list of priorities, and a realistic work plan. Start with establishing the routines that you feel are the most important for improving chemical safety for staff and students, or with the routines that you can fairly easily establish with the currently available resources.
Example 1: You may decide that the most critical topic to start with is a good routine for risk assessing all practical work in the lab. When this routine is established and the risk assessments are completed, you can move to the next routine.
Example 2: You may decide to start with establishing a routine for waste management and practice by getting rid of old and unused chemicals. This will save time and work later, because there will be fewer chemicals to handle.
Set of Routines With Templates and Checklists
The school must have routines in place for regular inspection and maintenance of the facilities and equipment such as fume cupboards, emergency equipment and stored chemicals.
Some chemicals require special storage conditions, and some chemicals should not be stored together.
- Template: Routines for storage (Word)
- Checklist for inspecting stored chemicals and solutions (Word)
- Checklist for monitoring use of chemicals (Word)
Further reading: Storage
The school is legally required to maintain an updated chemical inventory – a collection of safety data sheets for all chemicals and solutions used.
All schools are legally required to dispose of chemicals in accordance to regulations and in a way that ensures proper waste management.
Further reading: Waste Management
Unfortunately, accidents happen. When they do, there should be routines in place for how accidents are handled.
Everyone who works with hazardous chemicals is legally required to have proper training and information.