YOUR GUIDE TO COSHH ASSESSMENTS

A Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) assessment identifies harmful substances in your workplace and determines their risks to the people exposed to them. These materials range from commonly used chemicals like paint and bleach to fine dusts and fumes generated from industrial activities such as welding, sanding or cutting.

As an employer, it’s your legal responsibility under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations (2002) to pinpoint hazardous substances on your site, reduce their danger to ‘as low as is reasonably practicable’ and regularly monitor your control measures.  

A COSHH assessment will help you: 

- Identify hazardous substances within your business 

- Analyse how they could present a danger to health – and who’s most at risk 

- Eliminate the hazards completely           

- Substitute harmful materials with safer alternatives 

- Identify suitable controls to achieve acceptable workplace exposure limits where applicable 

- Train and educate your employees on the correct handling of hazardous substances

- Verify the need for health surveillance  

- Assist you in planning and preparing for emergencies 

AN EXPERT VIEW OF YOUR COSHH COMPLIANCE

As part of a Southalls intervention visit, we’ll assist you onsite to identify and evaluate the chemicals you use throughout your business. A specialist in your sector will review your current COSHH health and safety practices and procedures and uncover compliance gaps that could endanger your workforce. 

Our best practice recommendations will cover: 

- Firefighting and first aid 

- Storage and spillages

- Documentation, including record keeping and material safety data sheets (MSDS)

- Chemical combinations that could lead to compliance considerations under the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR) 2002       

- Legislative changes and prosecution trends, such as recent HSE crackdowns on exposure to metal working fluids and welding fumes 

A post-audit write up will set out your personalised action plan, detailing immediate in-house fixes and long-term COSHH compliance solutions – from ongoing employee health surveillance to safer, more streamlined processes. 

EXPERT TRAINING FOR YOUR TEAM

Utilising Safety Cloud, our web-based H&S management software, we can set annual review dates following your COSHH assessment and equip your staff to maintain standards on a daily basis with custom COSHH health and safety e-learning courses, accessible 24/7.

Flexible tools and training options let you tailor modules for workers at all levels and centrally store all COSHH-related documents for instant online reference. So it’s simple to stay in control of COSHH compliance.

Understand your COSHH responsibilities with plain-spoken, practical support from Southalls.

For answers, advice or appointment times for your next COSHH risk assessment, get in touch today.

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