It can be difficult to know what counts as a hazardous substance under COSHH and what measures you need to take to safeguard yourself and your employees. This article aims to make it clear.
What is COSHH?
COSHH is the law that requires employers to control substances that are hazardous to health.
What is a Substance Hazardous to Health?
COSHH covers substances that are hazardous to health. Substances can take many forms and include:
- products containing chemicals
- gases & asphyxiating gases and
- biological agents (germs).
What Substances Aren’t Covered by COSHH?
- asbestos or
- radioactive substances
What Must You Do?
- Identify hazard and assess the risk these hazards impose
- Identify the jobs or tasks which may lead to exposure of these substances
- Remove the risk if able
- Create Risk Assessments if you are unable to remove the risk
- Implement control measures
- Monitoring the control of exposure to hazardous substance
- Ensure all staff are properly trained and informed in COSHH and that this training is regularly updated (every 3 years)
- Provide the correct PPE and RPE to all staff and ensure this is properly maintained and safe to use.
For more information, please visit HSE’s website: COSHH The Basics