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July 22nd, 2012

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10:42 am - Numpty

1. Nice bit of mansplaining. I know that chemicals come with safety data. Read between the lines: if I know what COSHH is, I'm probably a lab rat, right?
2. But actually what you get in your package of chemicals is a material safety data sheet (MSDS), not a COSHH assessment. The COSHH assessment is something you're supposed to do yourself, where you take the basic safety data and assess the safety of the operations you're going to carry out, taking into account how much you're using, in what physical form, and with what level of containment or protection. So that point about how the MSDS gives information about tonne scale when you're using mg is really stupid, because the whole idea of doing the COSHH assessment is that you can go "well, OK, this isn't a problem because I'm only using 50mg".
3. Bonus for completely missing the point i.e. that you don't need to do a COSHH assessment if you do it at home because COSHH regulates exposure to chemicals at work.


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