It’s important for employers to understand how hazardous substances in their workplace can have a detrimental effect on employee’s health and that they must comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) to prevent anything dangerous happening.
Here is some useful information to follow, to gain a better understanding of COSHH.
What is COSHH?
COSHH stands for ‘Control of Substances Hazardous to Health’. Under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002, employers need to either prevent or reduce employee’s exposure to substances that are hazardous to their health.
To comply with the regulations, employers must assess the risks to health arising from hazardous substances and decide the best precautions that are needed to prevent and control exposure.
Why is it important to follow COSHH?
Working with hazardous substances can put people’s health at risk. Laws are put in place to protect people, and the law requires employers to control exposure to dangerous substances to prevent ill health.
COSHH training is required by all workplaces that handle hazardous substances on a regular basis. This training allows employees to identify, measure and control the exposure to dangerous substances, and as a result assure they are working in a safe environment. MSL’s August Toolbox Talks for their engineers covered the subject.
If you’re an employer and need more information on COSHH, the HSE has information on what the law requires and how you and your employees can complete the right COSHH training.