Work Health and Safety Policies

Minimising Use of Toxic Products Policy

Aim

In the interest of the whole Centre community, the health and safety of children and staff, the Centre’s aim is to monitor its use of chemicals, how and when they are used, in addition to how they are stored.  We will always seek to use the least harmful product in a way that has the minimum impact on the children whilst still maintaining high standards of hygiene and cleanliness.

Legislative Requirements

Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010
Education and Care Services National Regulations 2011
Work Health and Safety Act 2011
Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011

Who Is Affected?

  • child
  • staff
  • management
  • families
  • visitors

Policy Implementation

In order to minimise the use of toxic products and other potentially dangerous products the Approved Provider/Nominated Supervisor will undertake chemical audits, obtain information (MSDS) about the products used (correct usage/storage), make use of current information and resources and provide this information to all staff.

Ohana Early Learning will

  • Use the least harmful product:  the center will use non-toxic neutraliser for everyday cleaning of surfaces.
  • Use chemicals in least harmful manner: the center will minimise use of cleaning and other products while children are present (where possible).
  • Correctly handle/store/use chemicals: the center will audit and store chemicals in appropriate storage areas that are inaccessible to children and select products with child proof packaging.
  • Use Correct Information: The center will obtain Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), emergency details and have correctly labeled containers. The MSDS will be clearly displayed where any hazardous chemicals or substances are stored. When required MSDS will be available in community languages.
  • Train Staff: Staff will receive ongoing training in the use of potentially dangerous products.
  • Train Children: Children will be taught through the Centre’s program about safe behaviours and practices in regards to the storage of dangerous chemicals and substances.

Students, visitors and volunteers must comply with this policy at all times.

Policy Review

Policies are reviewed regularly by management, employees, parents and any interested parties to ensure that they comply with Laws, Regulations and Guidelines.

Change Date
Policy created. February 1, 2016
Policy reviewed. October 2, 2017