Building boats can require the use of a variety of hazardous substances that must be safely managed. You need to know about the substances you’re using and how to protect your health and the heath of your staff.
Manufacturing paints and inks can have long-term effects on the health of people working in the industry. Precautions need to be taken with the range of solvents and chemical additives used in the manufacture of paints, printing inks and resins.
Photoengraving and lithography often involves using corrosive fluids such as nitric acids, and it is important that appropriate training and safety equipment is provided for anyone working with these materials.
Electroplating and related processes like anodising use hazardous chemicals. Safely managing these chemicals, along with the risk from working with electricity, are vital for preventing accidents and long-term health problems.
Harmful substances in transported goods, or chemicals used to fumigate containers can make workers inspecting or unpacking those containers sick. Care must be taken when workers inspect or unpack containers that may contain harmful substances.
The Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations apply to laboratories. However, those involved in research and development, teaching and analytical testing have a different set of requirements to laboratories not involved in these areas.