Understanding CoSHH: Your Guide to Hazardous Substances Safety


What is CoSHH?

COSHH stands for Control of Substances Hazardous to Health. It is a set of regulations designed to protect workers from the risks associated with exposure to hazardous substances in the workplace. The COSHH regulations place responsibilities on both employers and employees to control these substances and prevent harm to health.


Key components of CoSHH:
  1. Identification of Hazardous Substances:

    COSHH requires employers to identify and assess all substances that could be harmful to health in their workplace. These substances can include chemicals, fumes, dust, vapours, and more.

  2. Risk Assessment:

    Once hazardous substances are identified, a thorough risk assessment is conducted. This involves evaluating the potential risks associated with the use, handling, storage, and disposal of these substances.

  1. Control Measures:

    COSHH emphasizes the implementation of control measures to prevent or reduce exposure to hazardous substances. This can include engineering controls, safe working practices, and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

  1. Training and Information:

    Employers are required to provide adequate training and information to employees who may be exposed to hazardous substances. This includes details about the risks involved, safe handling procedures, and the proper use of control measures.

  1. Monitoring and Health Surveillance:

    Regular monitoring of workplace conditions and health surveillance of exposed employees are integral parts of COSHH. This ensures that control measures remain effective and identifies any potential health issues early on.

  2. Emergency Planning:

    COSHH regulations necessitate the development of emergency plans in case of accidental exposure to hazardous substances. This includes procedures for spills, leaks, and other unforeseen events.

How Westminster Compliance Can Help You:

At Westminster Compliance our team are ready to support your business in achieving compliance with COSHH regulations. Our services include:

  • COSHH Assessments: We can conduct comprehensive assessments of hazardous substances in your workplace, identifying risks and recommending control measures.
  • E-Learning Academy: Our E-learning training course for CoSHH ensures that your team is well-informed about the risks associated with hazardous substances and equipped with the knowledge to handle them safely.
  • Consultancy Services: As part of signing up for our Guaranteed Compliance System, our experienced consultants provide ongoing support, helping you implement and maintain effective control measures and stay abreast of regulatory changes.

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Don’t compromise on workplace safety. Get in touch today to discuss how we can work together to ensure your workplace complies with COSHH regulations and, most importantly, keeps your workforce safe.


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