COSHH Assessments

COSHH assessment

COSHH Assessments

Home Health and Safety COSHH Assessments

Our COSHH Assessment Services

As part of our Health and Safety, our consultants will provide the company with a COSHH template and guidance on suitable COSHH assessments. It is highly recommended to have a qualified health and safety consultant review.

Understanding a Safety Datasheet can be difficult and confusing, this isn’t something you want to get wrong. Our health and safety consultants are experts when it comes to Safety Data sheets, we can visit you onsite to conduct full COSHH assessments of your premises.

The importance of COSHH Assessments

COSHH stands for Control of Substances Hazardous to Health, the assessments are vital within the working environment. COSHH assessments ensure health and safety legislation compliance. The assessments consist of distinguishing any possible hazards and evaluating the risks linked with substances produced or used in the work environment.

COSHH assessment’s importance comes from their capability of preventing harm within the workplace, including to employees and visitors.   By distinguishing the hazards and evaluating the risks related to the substances, procedures can be implemented to manage or eradicate the risks associated. 

To manage risks in the workplace, businesses may use personal protective equipment (PPE), research and source safer alternatives for hazardous substances or additionally change their working procedures to make them comply with health and safety legislation.

If businesses are found to not be compliant with COSHH assessments, they may be faced with financial penalties and legal implications. If your business is failing to safeguard employees from hazardous substances, it may result in injuries, illness, or even fatality. After a business experience an accident, especially when a fatality occurs it may damage the company’s reputation and decrease productivity within the workplace.

COSHH assessments are a crucial element for health and safety compliance, ensuring to safeguard of employees and visitors within the workplace. Compliance will reduce the risk of financial penalties and legal implications.

Understanding COSHH

COSHH regulations take into consideration a wide range of substances such as fumes, gases, chemicals, and biological agents. The regulations were developed with the primary aim to protect people within the working environment.

Legal obligations for conducting COSHH Assessment

Creating a safe working environment is a legal requirement of employers, to safeguard employees from harm triggered by hazardous substances. This is where COSHH assessments are executed to evaluate the risks.

  1. Identify harmful substances – Businesses must establish what substances within the working environment could cause harm to employees’ or visitors’ health, such as fumes, chemicals, dust, vapours, and biological agents. Employers should review the substances labels or data sheets provided for safety reasons by manufacturers.
  2. Evaluate the risks – this involves evaluating risks linked with using, storing, or disposal of potentially harmful substances. Employers will need to access the possible ways employees/visitors may become exposed to substances, including ingestion, skin contact, or inhalation. Evaluating the likelihood of this occurring and the seriousness of harm resulting from exposure.
  3. Apply control measures – following the evaluation, employers should apply all necessary control measures to reduce or eliminate the risks. Control measures involve finding alternative substances which are less hazardous, correct storage and handling methods, and using PPE alongside regular examinations of equipment.
  4. Delivering training and information – delivering training to employees is essential to ensure the correct handling, use, and disposal of hazardous substances occur reducing the risk of exposure or injuries happening. Employers must make employees aware of the risks linked with using the substances. Workspaces should have adequate warning signs, instructions, and employees should have access to data safety sheets.
  5. Continuous monitoring of exposure – In some incidences, employers will need to continue monitoring employees’ exposure to substances, reviewing if control measures are effective and ensuring exposure limits are not surpassed.
  6. Conduct frequent reviews – reviewing COSHH assessments is necessary to conduct, reviews should take place when any changes take place within the workplace or updated information comes to light regarding the hazards linked to the substances.

Advantages of COSHH assessments

  1. Protects employees and visitors.
  2. Legal compliance with HSE legislation.
  3. Improved reputation as it shows the company values its workforce.
  4. Boosts productivity as employees feel they are in a safe environment; injuries are less likely to happen, resulting in a decrease in absence.
  5. Identifying and addressing potential hazards helps to eliminate the chances of injuries or illness occurring due to hazards, helping to save the company money due to less compensation claims or fines from non-compliance

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