COSHH

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) is all about controlling the exposure of persons to substances that could be detrimental to their health with the aim of preventing illness.

COSHH hinges around the process of ‘risk assessment’ to determine whether the exposure levels in the workplace are likely to cause risks to health.

The assessment process should include the following:

  • Identification of the substance used or produced during the work;
  • The hazardous properties of the substance;
  • Information on health effects provided by the supplier, including information contained in any relevant safety data sheet;
  • The level, type and duration of exposure;
  • The amount of the substance involved;
  • The work activity i.e. maintenance, where there is the potential for a high level of exposure;
  • Any relevant workplace exposure limit;
  • The effect of preventive and control measures which have been or will be taken;
  • The results of relevant health surveillance;
  • The results of monitoring of exposure;
  • The risk presented by exposure to more than one substance if used in combination;
  • The approved classification of any biological agent;
  • Such additional information as the employer may need in order to complete the risk assessment i.e. the provision of training and the ability to deal with emergencies; and,
  • Appropriate conclusions from the findings.

A hierarchy of control must be followed if it is found that the exposure to such substances is not being adequately controlled, namely:

  1. Elimination of the hazardous substance.
  2. Substitution (modification of the substance, process and/or workplace).
  3. Segregation (applying controls to the process, such as enclosures, splashguards and LEV).
  4. Safe Systems of Work (working in ways that minimise exposure, such as using a safe working distance to avoid skin exposure).
  5. Personal Protective Equipment (equipment or devices worn by exposed individuals).

The assessment must be reviewed regularly and following any significant change or any monitoring to ensure it remains valid.

0 replies

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Twitter

This Thursday at 18.30 Chris Steel @H_S_E Specialist Inspector (#Noise & #Vibration) joins us to present 'HAVs – an inspector’s viewpoint'

Register in advance
https://bit.ly/3hjXdR5
#HAVs

Hi Twitter friends I had a big order and they've cancelled.
They ordered 200kg high quality vegan & gluten free chocolate covered hazelnuts.
Is anyone is interested in buying high quality vegan and gluten free chocolate covered hazelnuts?
Thanks from this small business owner.

We are delighted to announce our next branch event - 'HAVs – an inspector’s viewpoint' presented by Chris Steel Specialist Inspector (#Noise & #Vibration) @H_S_E 18.30 Thursday July 8th. Register in advance
https://iosh.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAofumrrTMjGtL0zw8Z36ldctM6QL_fKIjc
#HAVs

Same day, same great content, different time and branch! This month, instead of having a Mid Shires presentation, we are supporting @IOSH_Chiltern with their highly topical event -
Looking back on Covid "The Regulators Perspective" on 9th June at 1pm https://iosh.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIsdOGqpj8jE9aDzXvIaYB8Po6lGycgWjI_

Its a really great feeling when you get feedback from a client that says..."Thank you for your help and support over the past few weeks with the Risk Assessments. With the right teacher, it’s incredible what you learn."

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are a significant issue, which can be caused by manual handling at work including lifting or dragging heavy or bulky loads, pushing, pulling, twisting or completing repetitive tasks. http://ow.ly/T02C50EteF7

Looking forward to this week with health, safety and environmental inspections, internal quality audit and discussing manual handling training with client. Working local, further afield and remotely by Zoom. #Health #safety #environmental #quality

Time out this lunchtime for a nice walk with Holly taking in the sun, scenery and sounds 🙏👍☀️🐥🌳

3
Load More...