Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations, generally referred to as the COSHH Regulations, were introduced to protect the health of people arising from work activities. Under the Regulations, employers must carry out a risk assessment to ensure that employees are not exposed to substances which will be hazardous to their health. Where exposure to such substances cannot be prevented, employers must provide suitable protective equipment and control measures and they must ensure that such equipment is adequately maintained, examined and tested, and the results of tests recorded and kept. It stipulates a requirement for monitoring exposure in the workplace and maintaining suitable records. It also sets out requirements for health surveillance and medical surveillance. Employers are also obliged to ensure that where exposure to hazardous substances is unavoidable, workers are made aware of the associated health risks and the precautions that should be taken including any associated instruction and training requirements.

From acids to glues to paints, each have their own risks. By working out what and how they are used, I can put in place controls that meet the requirements of the Regulations.

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