Work Health and Safety Policies

Use and Storage of Dangerous Goods Policy

Aim

The Education and Care Services aim is to ensure that the working environment at Ohana Early Learning is a safe place for all Children, Staff, Parents and Visitors. We will establish and implement a set of procedures which will ensure a safe environment is maintained, and potential hazards eliminated through the correct storage of dangerous goods.

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

When using or storing any chemicals, dangerous substances or dangerous equipment, the Approved Provider/Nominated Supervisor will:
  • Choose least hazardous chemicals, products or equipment.
  • Choose chemicals or medicines with child restraint lids or caps or where appropriate use a secured childproof delivery method.
  • All dangerous cleaning materials, disinfectants, poisonous and other dangerous substances and medications are kept in a child resistant container that is labelled with a description of its contents and directions for their use.
  • Ohana Early Learning will provide storage facilities that are secure and inaccessible to children for the following types of items:
    • All cleaning materials, including detergents.
    • Poisonous and other dangerous substances.
    • Dangerous tools and equipment.
    • Toiletries.
    • Medications.
    • First aid equipment.
    • Emergency medical equipment and drugs.
    • Jagged or sharp objects that pose a hazard to children.
    • If any of the above substances need to be refrigerated, they will be stored in a labelled child resistant container, in a part of the refrigerator inaccessible to children.
  • A Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) will be stored within the storeroom of the centre; all staff will be aware of the safety and first aid information in the MSDS. MSDS sheets are to be available electronically through the service’s Evernote system
  • Ensure the MSDS has the following information on it:
    • Potential health effects.
    • Precautions for use.
    • Safe storage suggestions.
    • Emergency first aid instructions.
    • Contact number and further information.
  •  The staff will wear appropriate personal protective clothing in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions when using or disposing of hazardous chemicals or substances.
  • The centre will seek medical advice immediately if poisoning, or potentially hazardous ingestion, inhalement, skin or eye exposure has occurred, or call the Poisons Information Line on131126, or call an ambulance, dial 000.

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. July 3, 2017