When manufacturing or processing plastics often chemicals are used as a part of the process. Chemicals can either be added to the product or be produced as a by-product as a result of the process e.g. in the form of plastic fume.
If you are using chemicals that can harm people’s health, or if chemicals are produced as a result of the process it is important to carryout assessments, commonly known as COSHH assessments.
COSHH assessments should look at how chemicals are being used, produced or stored in your workplace. They should consider how people could be exposed to the chemicals e.g. by inhaling them or absorbing them by the skin and what harmful effects any exposure would have on them. Finally, you should then review all of this information and work out the right control measures for your workplace. The following links give more help advice and help on chemical exposure in the plastics industry and measures that can be taken to protect peoples’ health.