CPPCLO3019 – Clean and safety check equipment, and store equipment and chemicals Copy

CPPCLO3019 – Clean and safety check equipment, and store equipment and chemicals Copy


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Element 5: Clean and safety check equipment, and store equipment and chemicals

5.1 – Equipment and PPE are cleaned, safety checked and stored according to manufacturer specifications and environmental, health and safety, and company requirements

By the end of this chapter, the learner will be able to:

  • Clean equipment and PPE after use
  • Check equipment and PPE for faults and take appropriate action
  • Store equipment and PPE according to manufacturer specifications.

Cleaning equipment and PPE

When the work is completed, you will need to properly clean and store your PPE as well as any equipment you have used.

Some PPE is disposable and intended for one-time use only, such as gloves. Never reuse this, even if it appears acceptable. It may have contaminants on it or could become damaged during the next use. Dispose of it in the appropriate method. Consider whether it could cause contamination to the people who collect the rubbish.

If you were working with harmful chemicals, you will need to keep gloves on while cleaning PPE. Wash them with soap and water both before and after cleaning; they should be the last item you take off.

Some organisations will wash your PPE for you. However, if it is your responsibility, you must make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions, such as using strong detergent and separating it from other items.

You should make sure that the PPE is not broken. If it is damaged or broken, dispose of it as per your organisational procedures and replace it. If there is no PPE to replace it, report the problem to your site contact. You should also make sure that the equipment is safe to use while you are cleaning it. If you identify a fault, follow your organisation’s procedures which are usually to tag the equipment and report the fault to your supervisor using the appropriate communication methods and reporting process.

You will need to store the PPE and equipment in an area where they aren’t exposed to chemicals, sunlight, extreme temperatures, humidity or moisture, such as a locker. Don’t store them with chemicals or any personal clothing.

Many organisations will provide their workers with procedures in how to set up their storage area. Read the procedures and make sure that you follow them. The aim of setting up standard procedures in storing and maintaining equipment is to ensure that the equipment and PPE are ready for when the next person needs to use the equipment. By maintaining the equipment and PPE, you will ensure that the organisation gets the maximum use of them and this will assist the organisation by minimising costs.

5.2 – Unused chemicals are stored or disposed of according to manufacturer specifications, and health and safety and company requirements

By the end of this chapter, the learner will be able to:

  • Safely store unused chemicals that can be used again
  • Dispose of other unused chemicals in a safe and legal manner.

Storing chemicals

When you have finished with them, it is important to store any unused chemicals properly. Make sure that you store chemicals in the correct position in a suitable place. Special care should be taken to make sure that you do not store two reactive chemicals together. This can cause an explosion in a heated or vibrating area, especially when the chemicals mix together.

Before you leave the storage area, remove any excess waste and place in the appropriate bin for removal. Make sure that you check to ensure that the area is clean and tidy and ready for the next person to use. Always keep in mind that if they find a dirty work place, they will usually leave the area as they found it and this will have a negative impact on your ability to complete your job on time.

When you are storing chemicals, be aware of whether they are fire risks. If they are, consider limiting the amount of other materials you store such as sawdust and packaging, as this can help a fire to spread.

(Source: https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/injury-prevention-safety/hazardous-chemicals/specific-hazardous-chemicals)

Disposing of chemicals

You will need to dispose of any leftover chemicals just as carefully as you used them. Check the label and SDS requirements to see how to do this safely. The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) regulates breaches that will impact on the environment. For example; tipping chemical down a storm water drain is a breach of the law. You may be personally liable of fines up to and including $20,000.

If you accidentally release chemicals into a storm drain or ground water source, you should consult the SDS to see what precautions you should take.

You may need to consult your organisation or the local government to see which services are available to safely dispose of chemicals.