Revision of the HSA Chemical Agents and Carcinogens Code of Practice for 2021

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has published the revised Chemical Agents and Carcinogens Code of Practice for 2021, which is available online here. The revised Code of Practice (CoP) introduces new Occupational Exposure Limit Values (OELVs) for ten substances, which are highlighted within Schedule 1 of the CoP. The ten substances with new OELVs are:

  • Aniline
  • n-Butyl acetate
  • Sec-Butyl acetate
  • Chloromethane
  • Isoamyl alcohol
  • Isobutyl acetate
  • Isopropyl bezene (Cumene)
  • Phosphoryl trichloride
  • p-Toluidine (4-aminotoluene)
  • Trimethlyamine

The HSA are now urging employers who use or produce hazardous substances to review their chemical risk assessments. Chemical risk assessments are essential for managing the hazards and risks associated with the use of hazardous chemicals and carcinogens. The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Chemical Agents) Regulations 2001 places specific duties on employers, employees and others in the workplace. The requirements for carrying out a chemical risk assessment are as follows:

  • Identify the substances and their hazardous properties
  • Assess the activities where there is potential exposure to workers
  • Identify the preventative measures to control the risks to workers
  • Implement control measures and provide individual protective measures
  • The assessment should be recorded and considered a ‘living document’
  • Employers must ensure that employees are properly, informed, trained and supervised

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