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COSHH Risk Assessments

Regulation 6 of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) requires an employer to formally assess all operations and/or processes which are liable to cause exposure to hazardous substances.

DWSafety can provide detailed COSHH Risk Assessments services.

Risk Assessments
In order to maintain a safe working environment and therefore a healthy, safe workforce, you will need to perform Risk Assessments. By law, regardless of the size of your organisation, every employer shall make a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to the Health and Safety of their employees to which they are exposed whilst they are at work. In order to comply with the regulations each assessment is required to be completed by a competent person. Therefore, the decision as to who should carry out that assessment will depend on the knowledge and experience required for the particular assessment and the complexity of the operation and/or process. Performing a COSHH assessment demonstrates that the company has considered all the factors relevant to the work and judgements have been made with regard to the type of hazard, monitoring exposure levels, and health surveillance of employees who may be at risk.

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COSHH Risk Assessments will help you to identify and focus on the risks that matter most in your workplace - the ones that have the potential to cause harm or serious injury.

The employer must manage Health and Safety matters associated with exposure to substances. Substances can harm health, such as by causing cancer or other diseases, by getting into the body through the mouth, nose, eyes or skin. They can also cause harm simply through contact with skin, such as dermatitis or chemical burns. Some harmful effects are caused by a single, sudden exposure, whilst others are caused by long term exposure or repeated exposures.
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The main regulations are the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1999, (often referred to as COSHH) and the Control of Major Accident Hazard Regulations 1999 (often known as COMAH). These set the minimum legal standards for controlling exposure to substances so as to avoid potentially harmful effects. Other specific rules also apply to substances, for example in relation to dangerous substances, asbestos, radioactive substances, lead, flammable liquids and liquefied petroleum gases, hazard information, packaging and labelling.