The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations require employers to control the exposure of workers and others to the substances they use and produce at work. Hazardous substances can be chemicals, dust, fumes, gases and any other substances that can cause ill health.
To reduce the possibility of exposure to such substances, employers have to follow this procedure: 1) they need to identify all those substances which have the potential to cause ill health; 2) where possible obtain the Health and Safety Data Sheets (HSDS) or Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) from the supplier of the substance concerned; 3) use the HSDS/MSDS to assist with completing a COSHH Assessment; 4) ensure all those using or coming into contact with the substance are informed of the findings of the COSHH Assessment and understand the first aid and emergency measures to be taken. Employers must also provide the necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), first aid kits and any other identified items/equipment.
Many businesses use or produce substances during the course of their work and it is essential that there is identification of all such substances which may be hazardous to health. Assessing risks is very important.
If any of the above has started a thought process leaving you with some uncertainty then we will be happy to answer any questions that you send to firstname.lastname@example.org or you might decide to go to the e-Learning centre on our website and take a free trial of our COSHH training course by following this link: https://westminstercompliance.co.uk/e-learning/coshh/
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