COSHH Risk Assessment

Compliance with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) 2002 is essential where hazardous or dangerous substances are used or produced.


What is COSHH?

Substances hazardous to health are present in many different forms: liquids, fumes, vapours, smoke, and dust may all have adverse health effects when they come into contact with or enter into the body.

Safety Concepts Ltd has years of experience in dealing with substances hazardous to health. We can advise on the creation of COSHH risk assessments which will ascertain the potential exposure of your employees to any substances you work with. Following a risk assessment, we will consider engineering control measures to reduce the amount of substance in your workplace and control measures to reduce the exposure of your workers, whether the exposure is to liquid, dust, vapour or fume. 

Our COSHH risk assessment services

  • Our competent consultants can carry out passive and active air monitoring to ascertain the levels of substances in all respirable forms and will provide a comprehensive report on the exposure levels in your workplace and how these may be managed.  
  • Our specialists can advise on selection and use of appropriate respiratory protective equipment and we offer face fit testing to ensure that any RPE in use is appropriate for your workforce, in accordance with the COSHH 2002 ACoP and the HSE guidance note OC 282/28

FAQs

  1. 1
    What is face fit testing?

    If your employees are required to use respiratory protective equipment (RPE) to protect them against hazardous substances in your workplace, you must ensure that the RPE is able to provide adequate protection for each individual wearer.

    If a facepiece does not fit the wearer properly, it will leak and allow contaminants in the air to be inhaled.

    Face fit testing ensures that the RPE is suitable for the wearer and is offering adequate protection.

  2. 2
    The substance manufacturer has supplied me with safety data – why do I need to carry out my own COSHH risk assessment?

    The safety data sheet (SDS) which manufacturers must supply with their hazardous substances sets out information about the substance, including its ingredients and hazardous properties. However, the manufacturer does not know how you are using the substance. There are many factors which may affect the exposure of any employee to a substance, including methods of working, length of task, quantity of substance, control measures which may already be in place. A COSHH risk assessment specific to your task and workplace will allow you to assess the risk of exposure to your employees and take further measures if necessary.

  3. 3
    Why is air monitoring necessary?

    If your risk assessment indicates that the substance you are using may cause harm by inhalation, and there is workplace exposure limit assigned to that substance, air monitoring may be necessary to ascertain exactly what quantities of it may be inhaled in the workplace. This will allow you to determine whether your employees are at risk, and to select appropriate control measures.

  4. 4
    We work with lead. Is this covered by COSHH?

    No. Lead is covered by separate regulation: the Control of Lead at Work Regulations 2002. Many of the principles are similar to those of COSHH but if you require specific information about working with lead please contact us.

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