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Supporting Your Business with COSHH Assessments and Training

Supporting Your Business with COSHH Assessments and Training

COSHH stands for Control of Substances Hazardous to Health and legally requires employers to prevent or reduce workers’ exposure to such substances.

It is a common misconception that COSHH is just for anything labelled ‘hazardous’ when it is much more than that.  It is paramount that employers not only understand COSHH and the potential harm that could be caused to employees but conduct a proper risk assessment to identify any dangerous substances that are in use in their workplace.

COSHH regulations cover substances that are hazardous to health and they can take many forms including:

Chemicals (and products containing chemicals)

Fumes

Dusts

Vapours

Mists

Nanotechnology

Gases and asphyxiating gases

Biological agents

Where COSHH Assessments identify the presence of lead, asbestos or radioactive materials their own regulations apply for the management of associated risks.

Not surprisingly, COSHH regulations can affect most industries from cleaners, to tradesmen, to office workers so don’t be caught out thinking you don’t require to undertake a COSHH risk assessment.

8 Stages to COSHH Implementation

There are 8 stages to COSHH implementation each one playing a part to prevent or reduce your employees’ exposure to hazardous substances:

COSHH Risk Assessment

Precautions

Prevent or control exposure

Maintenance of control measures

Monitor exposure

Health surveillance

Plans & procedures for accidents and emergencies

Training for employees

How can Sureteam Support your Business?

COSHH Assessments

Our specialist consultants at Sureteam can provide help with the management of COSHH across a number of areas, starting with the creation of a COSHH risk assessment to help you identify any hazardous substances, assess the risk of using them and help you put measures in place to avoid accidents and protect your employees.

Once the risks have been identified we can work with you to implement appropriate safe systems of work, highlight maintenance issues and identify any training needs for your team.  We are also able to offer advice on the use of RPE (Respiratory Protective Equipment) and provide face fit testing.

COSHH Training

We provide trainer led Level 2 COSHH training which sits on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) regulated by Ofqual and CCEA Regulation.

Aimed at individuals who work in environments where coming into contact with hazardous substances is likely, including manufacturing, cleaning, healthcare, transport, utilities as well as office environments.

Our training can be delivered in person at a dedicated training venue, on-site, or via video conferencing platforms such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams if preferred.

We also offer an extended Level 2 course for COSHH Assessors which follows the Level 2 syllabus and exam but includes a practical element for a more in-depth understanding.

Give us a call

Our team are on hand for any advice you need, give us a call on 01666 503686 to discuss your health and safety needs. With Sureteam, you have got it covered.

Frequently Asked Questions

COSHH stands for the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health and the regulations cover substances that could cause harm when exposed to them.  They include chemicals, products containing chemicals, fumes, dusts, vapours, mists nanotechnology, gases and biological agents.

No, you can complete process driven risk assessments which take into consideration all substances and produces the highest level of protection where elimination isn’t possible. 

To find out more about how to implement process driven risk assessments for COSHH get in touch.

Yes, cleaners are particularly vulnerable but if employees are using cleaning products during their job then they will also need to be assessed as part of a COSHH Risk Assessment.

More Resources

Seeking further advice and support, why not take a look at our COVID-19 resources section with useful links and information or read our latest blog post for advice from our team.

“As a business owner and Director, it is vitally important that we protect our people and our customers. The rigour and structure of our Health and Safety function gives us great confidence that we can operate in a safe manner. The advice and guidance from Sureteam means that we are proactive and have our staff trained to operate in a safe way.”

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