COSHH stands for Control of Substances Hazardous to Health. It was established after the 1974 Health and Safety at work Act which didn’t fully cover all hazardous substances so in 2002 it became a legal requirement for employers.
COSHH applies to almost all substances that are Toxic, Harmful or an Irritant. Substances have three ways that they can get into our bodies to cause harm, they are through Inhalation, through skin contact and through ingestion.
Each year there are 12,000 cancer deaths many caused through COSHH and there are 300,000 people with respiratory problems or dermatitis.
COSHH classifies substances into certain classifications:
- Very Toxic (T+)
- Toxic (T)
- Harmful (X)
- Corrosive (C)
- Irritant (Xi)
Employers or competent staff are the only people that can assess the workplace with a view to providing a report. The aim of this is to prevent any hazards occurring, control the hazardous substances and if needs be provide PPE for use of the hazardous substances.
To prevent or reduce workers exposure to hazardous substances you can:
- Find out what the health hazards are.
- Decide how to prevent harm to health (risk assessment)
- Provide control measures to reduce harm to health.
- Make sure they are used.
- Keep all control measures in good working order.
- Provide information, instruction and training for employees.
- Provide monitoring and health surveillance in appropriate cases.
- Plan for emergencies.
Where to get COSHH training?
There are numerus places online to get COSHH training such as:
Influx Recruitment and Training
At Influx we are ISO accredited in 9001, 14001 and 18001 and we have our own COSHH training course. This CIPD course is fully accredited and once you finish the course and receive a certificate once you have passed the test. This costs only £10.
If you have any further questions then please contact Influx on 01333426500 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.