This is the COSHH Assessment relating to the use of Ficam D.
In order to complete the assessment I have referred to the COSHH booklet produced by the HMSO / Health and Safety Executive titled The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1998.
- Information has been gathered from the product safety data sheet, the product label and from Killgerm Chemicals Ltd, both orally and from the 2000 catalogue.
- Evaluation of Health Risks
- Risks to health will be dealt with under the following headings:
- 1. Storage
- 2. Transportation whilst carrying out pest control duties
- 3. Working practices, including P.P.E.
- 4. Risks to Public Health
- 5. Disposal
- 6. Records
- The chemical store comprises of two areas, the outer store being a locked garage made suitable for product storage and an inner store being a stainless steel walk in store suitable for the storage of all products including Phostek and concentrated insecticides such as crackdown.
- All products will be kept in their original containers or decanted into smaller containers that are also labeled.
- The store is waterproof, cool and dry within. It is inaccessible to children, animals and contains no foodstuffs or animal feed. It is well ventilated and constructed to provide adequate fire containment.
- Records of products stored and P.S.D.S. are kept in the store as well as in the office and in the vehicle. The chemical store and the records are marked with safety signs.
- 1. A First Aid Kit and Eye Wash are kept in the store.
- 2. A Fire Extinguisher is also kept in the store.
- The product will be transported in a labeled spill proof container separated from the drivers compartment. The vehicle carries a Hazard Warning sign fixed to the rear, a first aid kit, eyewash, a red triangle and a fire extinguisher.
- Product safety data sheets and a vehicle stock check list are kept in the front of the vehicle. When the vehicle is left unattended, it will be locked. Bags will be kept in the vehicle to collect waste for disposal or items spilled.
3. Working Practices
- Ficam D is an insecticide dust that contains bendiocarb 1% w/w. It is a fine powder, off white in color and has a slight chemical odour. It is for use in Public Health and Food Storage Practice. The product will be stored in its original container or inside the application equipment.
- Public Health Risks
- As the product is used inside the, care must be taken to prevent people and animals being exposed to the dust. People and animals must be removed from the area being treated. Care must be taken not to contaminate foodstuffs, food prep areas, fish tanks and open areas. Treatments inside premises must be confined voids etc. where the occupants will not be exposed to the dust.
- Operational Health Risks
- Risks to health will occur when removing the product from the packaging and placing it into the application equipment. This should be carried out in a ventilated area, taking into account drafts. Coveralls, goggles, gloves and a respirator should be worn.
- These should also be worn whilst carrying out routine pest control treatments, with the goggles being only required if there is a likely risk of the product being exposed to the face, such as on a windy day. In well-ventilated areas, a respirator may not be required.
4. Risks to Public Health
- Prior to any treatment, a survey will be carried out. The survey will consider where a risk to public health may occur and what actions need to be taken to prevent or minimize the risk. In many cases, this will be without the need for a written appraisal. Survey and Treatment reports will be issued following each site visit and placed in the pest control report book or handed to the customer.
- Treatment sheets will contain details regarding the following:
- 1. The customer and premises address
- 2. A brief outline of the problem
- 3. A Description of the treatment carried out
- 4. Necessary precautions the customer needs to take
- 5. A full description of the products used
- a) The product trade name
- b) The chemical name
- c) Quantities or the rate of application
Additional advice sheets will be given where appropriate
- We hold a current Waste Carriers License. No CB/ME565BXR
- All items requiring disposal under this scheme will be collected and stored in the outer store area, bagged and labeled and incinerated accordingly.
- A daily diary is kept and records all site visits that result in rodenticides / insecticides being used. This corresponds to the survey and treatment sheets that are completed on site.
- This COSHH Assessment will be reviewed periodically or at any time, additional information becomes known.
Last reviewed 01/11/08: Issue no 3