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Transcript of COSHH
Control Of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations
HSE has developed COSHH Essentials as a generic risk assessment scheme for a wide range of hazardous substances, it is also available free of charge on the internet "Electronic COSHH Essentials".
1.substances used directly in work activities.
2.substances generated during work activities.
3.naturally occurring substances.
4.biological agents such as bacteria and other micro-organisms.
Substances not hazardous to
health under COSHH
1. Asbestos and lead, which have their own regulations.
2. substances which are hazardous only because they are:
- at high pressure;
- at extreme temperatures; or
- have explosive or flammable properties.
3. biological agents that are outside the employer’s control, eg catching an infection from a workmate.
COSHH Eight Management Steps
COSHH is a useful tool of good management which
sets eight basic measures that employers, and
sometimes employees, must take.
Aim & Responibility
To protect people against risks to their health, whether immediate or delayed, from substances hazardous to health arising from a work activity, COSHH is everyone’s responsibility. We are all responsible for complying with COSHH
Step 1: Assess the risks
1. Identify the hazardous substances present
in your workplace.
2.Consider the risks these substances present
to people’s health.
Step 2:Decide what precautions are needed
You must not carry out work which could
expose your employees to hazardous substances without first considering the risks and the necessary precautions, and what what else you need to do to comply with COSHH.
Step 3: Prevent or adequately control exposure
1.Change the process or activity so that the hazardous substance is not needed or generated.
2.Replace it with a safer alternative.
3.Use it in a safer form, eg pellets instead of powder.
Step 4: Ensure that control measures are used and maintained
1.Make sure that employees make proper use
of control measures and report defects.
2.It is Supervisor's responsibility to take all reasonable steps to ensure that they do so.
3.Appropriate training must be provided to employees.
Step 5: Monitor exposure
Under COSHH, hazardous concentration substances in the air breathed in by workers must be measured where this concludes that:
■ There could be serious risks to health if control
measures failed or deteriorated.
■ Exposure limits "WEL" might be exceeded.
■ Control measures might not be working properly.
Step 8: Ensure that employees are properly informed, trained and supervised
Step 6: Carry out appropriate health
COSHH requires health surveillance
in the following circumstances:
■ Where an employee is exposed to one of the
substances listed in COSHH and is working in one of the related processes.
■ Where employees are exposed to a substance
linked to a particular disease or adverse health
effect and there is a reasonable likelihood, under
the conditions of the work, of that disease or effect
occurring and it is possible to detect the disease or
Step 7: Prepare plans and procedures
to deal with accidents, incidents and
Main findings of risk assessment.
Precautions must be taken for protection.
Emergency procedures which need to be followed.