Employers are responsible for protecting the health of their workforce by effectively assessing and controlling any exposure to hazardous substances. To do this, they must comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002. We perform work tests and assessments to help ensure you are compliant with regulations in the workplace.
Uncontrolled exposure to hazardous substances can result in employees suffering from long-term lung diseases such as occupational asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and lung cancer, as well as skin conditions including non-melanoma skin cancers, and dermatitis.
Our expert team is here to help you to keep your employees safe from harmful and hazardous substances and stay compliant with COSHH regulations, mitigating risk.
What is a COSHH risk assessment?
A COSHH Risk Assessment is an assessment focussing on the hazards and risks of all hazardous substances in the workplace. It is important to:
- Identify each hazard
- Assess who might be harmed and how
- Evaluate the risks
- Implement appropriate control measures
How often should you review the COSHH risk assessment?
A COSHH risk assessment should be formally reviewed at least every year and is an important ‘live’ working document. The review frequency should be determined by risk assessment itself accounting for all aspects such as the nature of hazardous substances, the likelihood of exposure, and any changes made at the workplace.
Our COSHH Assessment Service
Our services range from compliance gap analysis audits to undertaking COSHH risk assessments, conducting Risk Assessment Training Courses to enable you to produce accurate workable documents, workplace air monitoring, and providing practical control advice.
Our team, all members of the British Occupational Hygiene Society, operates throughout the UK and Ireland and can help you to successfully develop and deliver your COSHH assessment, management, and compliance program.
The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health regulations are comprised of the following:
- Regulation 6 - COSHH risk assessment
- Regulation 7 - Control of exposure
- Regulation 8 - Use of control measures
- Regulation 9 - Maintenance, examination, and testing of control measures
- Regulation 10 - Monitoring of exposure
- Regulation 11 - Health Surveillance
- Regulation 12 - Information, instruction, and training
- Regulation 13 - Arrangements to deal with accidents, incidents, and emergencies
The Element advantage
Element’s qualified and highly experienced team of occupational hygienists specialize in delivering a range of COSHH assessment and advisory services to help you to make certain that you comply with all the relevant COSHH regulations such as our face fit testing and workplace air monitoring services, training, as well as providing practical control advice.
If you have any questions about COSHH risk assessments or your requirements, please contact our experts today.
Measuring and assessing workplace hazards: an introductory guide to occupational hygiene
To learn more about occupational hygiene, including legal regulations, complete the form and download our free guide using the link below.
The free guide includes information on:
- Hazardous substances (COSHH)
- Legionnaire’s disease
- Noise at work
- Thermal environments
- Workplace environment
- Electromagnetic fields (EMF)
- Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV)
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