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  • Are you storing sanitizers and disinfectant safely?

    several cleaning products everybody uses daily or weekly Are you storing sanitizers and disinfectant safely?

    Many businesses now find themselves having to store larger quantities of hand sanitizer, cleaning fluids, soaps and disinfectants as a result of the safety measures brought in to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

    This presents challenges. How  can you ensure that you are storing flammable or toxic substances safely. Also, how are you disposing of these substances, as many should not directly enter the watercourse.

    This guide gives a short and simple outline of the key measures you need to take to ensure you are meeting regulations and safety guidance when storing and disposing of cleaning materials.

    Hand sanitizer

    An important thing to remember, especially during the summer is that hand sanitizers must be stored, ideally, in a cool place well away from any fire or sparks. It is important that the containers are tightly sealed. The first reason for this is that they can be flammable. The second reason is that some experts say the alcohol content of some hand sanitizers can evaporate at higher temperatures, rendering it less effective at banishing coronavirus.

    The National Fire Chiefs Council is keen to debunk the myth that storing your hand sanitizer in a car can cause a fire, as hand sanitizer would need to be in contact with a spark to catch fire. They also point out that if the container is sealed (i.e. you have closed the lid properly) the alcohol will not evaporate. The NFCC do advise however that hand sanitizer should be stored in a glove compartment or another place out of direct sunlight. See the full guidance here: https://www.nationalfirechiefs.org.uk/News/debunking-the-myth-hand-sanitiser-in-cars-do-not-pose-a-fire-risk-

    Hand sanitizer should also be kept in a place where children under the age of six cannot access it without supervision. The reason for this is that it is particularly toxic to young children if they drink it. You can see full guidance from the FDA here, along with advice about hand sanitizers they have recently found to contain harmful levels of methanol.

    https://www.fda.gov/drugs/information-drug-class/qa-consumers-hand-sanitizers-and-covid-19

    Ordering hand sanitizer from a professional supplier such as CIS Safety can help you to ensure that the products you are buying are safe.

    For larger quantities of hand sanitizer, you may wish to store the containers in a storage unit designed to keep flammable materials safe.

    Disinfectants and cleaning materials

    Disinfectants are classified as hazardous substances. Although disinfectants used in the food and drink industries are especially selected so that potential residues left on surfaces etc do not taint the food or are harmful to the consumer, many affect the skin, eyes or respiratory system and can be harmful if ingested in sufficient quantity.

    The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) requires employers to prevent or control exposure to hazardous substances. Where exposure cannot be prevented, employers are required to assess the risk to health, and provide adequate control measures when using hazardous chemicals.

    The assessment should include a list of all chemicals used, their hazards and measures provided to control operator exposure: this includes safe storage. You can find more guidance on Control of Substances Hazardous to  Health including COVID-19 updates here: https://www.hse.gov.uk/coshh/

    Storage

    Clearly marked storage cabinets which are designed to house hazardous chemicals should be used for disinfectants. It is also important  that care is taken when storing different cleaning fluids together as the potential for chemical reaction should be considered when more than a single disinfectant is used. Incompatible chemicals should be stored separately. You can find detailed guidance on using disinfectants safely in your business here:

    https://www.hse.gov.uk/food/disinfectants.htm

    You can find guidance on using disinfectants to reduce risk of COVID-19 transmission in general businesses outside healthcare settings here:

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-decontamination-in-non-healthcare-settings/covid-19-decontamination-in-non-healthcare-settings

    We have a range of storage options which are suitable for both flammable and hazardous substances.

    SAFESTOR MOBILE CABINET, 900X465X810MM, 35L SUMP, £327.50 SAFESTOR MOBILE CABINET, 900X465X810MM, 35L SUMP, £327.50

    This medium-duty hazardous substance cabinet complies with all Control Of Substances Hazardous to Health regulations. The Safestor is purpose-built for the indoor safe storage of flammables and chemicals. This range of cabinets features a liquid-tight sump to contain spillages, as well as galvanized shelves for maximum durability.

    You can see our full range of storage cabinets for hazardous or flammable materials here:

    https://cisafety.com/workplace-safety/hazardous-secure-storage-cabinets-and-chests.html

    Disposing of hand sanitizers and disinfectant Disinfectant, even when diluted should not be poured into drains or outlets where it will directly enter local streams or rivers.

    As hand sanitizers used to combat COVID-19 also contain over 60% alcohol, and are flammable when in contact with naked flames, bottles which are partially full should also be treated as hazardous waste.

    The best way of disposing of hand sanitizers is to use all the sanitizer in the bottle, then rinse and recycle the bottle where possible, consulting guidance from your local recycling service. It is of course, harder if you have surplus, out of date supplies or cleaning waste which contains disinfectant.

    As a business, any waste produced will be commercial and you have a duty of care to dispose of any hazardous waste safely.

    According to advice from the Environment Agency, waste is generally considered hazardous if it (or the material or substances it contains) are harmful to humans or the environment. This naturally includes many disinfectants.

    • You will need to identify waste that is hazardous
    • You will need to separate and store that waste safely, labelling it and avoiding mixing different types of hazardous waste.

    We have a range of tanks and indoor storage solutions, please contact us for more information at sales@cisafety.com or  call 01726 74264.

    • You will then need to use an authorized business to dispose of that waste safely.

    Click here to find out if your local council provides a waste disposal service:

    https://www.gov.uk/hazardous-waste-disposal

    Click here to find out if a local waste management company is on the Environment Agency’s register: https://environment.data.gov.uk/public-register/view/search-waste-carriers-brokers

    Finally you will need to fill out a consignment note which includes details of the waste you have disposed of and records must be kept for three years.

    Click here to download the consignment note and see guidance on how to fill it in: https://www.gov.uk/dispose-hazardous-waste/consignment-notes

    See the full government guidance on disposing of hazardous waste here:

    https://www.gov.uk/dispose-hazardous-waste/producers-and-holders

    Increased use of hand sanitizers and disinfectants is something that we can help you with.

    Our team have a good deal of experience in supporting businesses in this area and can help you to find the best storage solutions to meet regulations and business needs.

    Please feel free to call our team on 01726 74264 or email us at sales@cisafety.com and our team will be happy to offer guidance and advice.

  • A guide to managing PPE stock for coronavirus this winter

    Coronavirus Prevention Equipment, N95 Mask, Hand Sanitizer, Sani

     

    With warnings about the possibility of a second wave of coronavirus coming this winter, here is a brief guide about which items to order and how to place your order at the right time.

     

    STEP ONE: YOUR SHOPPING LIST

    As a business your first step should be to assess what type of PPE you are actually going to need and in what circumstances.

     

    Now that there has been time since the onset of coronavirus, the government say there is enough PPE to go around. However, it is a vital resource and current guidance is that it must be used only where there is a clinical need to do so.

     

    In most businesses, however, cleaners in particular may need PPE.

     

    Beyond these roles, the current clinical evidence says there is not a widespread benefit from wearing PPE, although of course wearing face masks is now mandatory in shops and can prevent the spread of COVID-19.

     

    What will your business need?

     

    PPE for cleaning staff

     

    PPE will be needed for cleaning staff in the event that someone on the premises is found to have had symptoms of COVID-19.  In this situation The minimum PPE to be worn for cleaning an area after the person believe to have had COVID-19 has left the setting possible are:

    • Disposable gloves
    DISPOSABLE P/F VINYL GLOVES BLUE, £6.99 DISPOSABLE P/F VINYL GLOVES BLUE, £6.99

     

    • An apron
    DISPOSABLE POLY APRON ON ROLL, 27" X 46" BLUE, 1 ROLL OF 200, £13.99 DISPOSABLE POLY APRON ON ROLL, 27" X 46" BLUE, 1 ROLL OF 200, £13.99

     

    If a risk assessment of the setting indicates that a higher level of virus may be present (for example, where someone unwell has spent the night, on shift, for example) then additional PPE to protect the cleaner’s eyes, mouth and nose may be necessary. The local Public Health England (PHE) Health Protection Team can advise on this.

     

    In this instance you may need:

     

    • Goggles

     

    GONDOR SAFETY GOGGLES, CLEAR AF/AS/PC/UV £7.00 GONDOR SAFETY GOGGLES, CLEAR AF/AS/PC/UV £7.00
    • Face mask
    3 PLY SURGICAL MASKS, BLUE, £0.98 each 3 PLY SURGICAL MASKS, BLUE, £0.98 each

     

    Cleaning staff will also need disposable cloths or wipes.

    Click here to see our range of wipes

    Click here for sanitisers

    Click here for full guidance on cleaning outside of healthcare settings.

     

    For other staff the following items will be required.

     

    • Face masks

     

    Customer-facing staff will need a good supply of face masks, although these do not need to be surgical grade masks. Most important is that they are comfortable and fit well.

    WASHABLE ANTI-BACTERIAL FACE MASK, NAVY, £2.99 WASHABLE ANTI-BACTERIAL FACE MASK, NAVY, £2.99

     

    Hand sanitizer and soap for frequent hand washing is also important for safety for all staff and visitors.

    ALCOHOL SANITISING GEL, 236ML FLIP TOP BOTTLE, £5.95 ALCOHOL SANITISING GEL, 236ML FLIP TOP BOTTLE, £5.95

     

    HANDSAFE ANTIBACTERIAL FOOD SAFE SKIN CLEANSER 5L, £7.97 HANDSAFE ANTIBACTERIAL FOOD SAFE SKIN CLEANSER 5L, £7.97

    HANDSAFE ANTIBACTERIAL FOOD SAFE SKIN CLEANSER 5L, £7.97

     

    STEP 2: YOUR ORDERING PROCESS

     

    Although there has been time for manufacturers to replenish stock levels of key items such as hand sanitizer and face masks, we are still experiencing frequent instances of popular items going out of stock.

     

    This is likely to happen particularly should news of an increase in cases be announced, or, for example, new guidance such as the recent regulation about face masks in shops.

     

    As a result it is important to plan in advance as much as possible when ordering the items which are essential to keep you, your staff and your customers safe from coronavirus.

     

    We support the emergency services in all they are doing, but we recognise that these shortages will impact on every business. We are therefore working constantly to source new products or alternative materials, to forward-buy and to look at supply chain efficiencies to help keep any increases to a minimum.

     

    Our advice to you when ordering is to make the following adjustments to your procedures:

     

    • Take an inventory of essential PPE and coronavirus safety supplies and appoint a staff member to do regular stock checks.
    • When ordering, do not simply place an online order or send an email, request confirmation of stock availability and expected delivery dates (by email sales@cisafety.com or phone 01726 74264) when ordering.
    • Don’t over-order stock (this contributes to supply problems) but do allow plenty of time for delays -- for example it could be a good idea to consider ordering your autumn / winter supplies now.
    • Contact us as soon as possible, to discuss alternative options should you be concerned about supplies running low.

     

    Please do keep sending your orders, queries, concerns even your worries – this is an extremely difficult time for many and we would like you to know that if you just want to talk you can talk to us. Even if the end is still some way off we have come so far – don’t give up now!

     

    We’re here to help any way we can!

    Tel: 01726 74264

    Email: sales@cisafety.com

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