A COSHH assessment is a systematic examination of a task or process that involves using a potentially hazardous substance. A COSHH Assessment is carried out for the purpose of identifying hazardous substances you may use, whether the precautions you have taken are acceptable and what control measures are in place.
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Hazardous substances include;
Effects of Hazardous Substances Examples of the effects of hazardous substances include;
To comply with COSHH you need to follow these eight steps:
Step 1. Assess the risks;
Decide what the risks to health are from hazardous substances used or created by your work
Step 2. Decide what precautions are required;
Do not carryout work which might expose your employees to hazardous substances.
Step 3. Prevent or control the exposure.
First try to prevent exposure to hazardous substances, if this is not possible you must control the exposure to defined limits.
Step 4. Make sure any control measures are used and maintained
Step 5. Monitor the exposure of the substance to your employees where a risk assessment has deemed it necessary
Step 6. Health surveillance.
Carry out health surveillance where your risk assessment has shown it to be necessary.
Step 7. Prepare an emergency plan.
Draw up plans to deal with emergencies such as spillages etc
Step 8. Make sure your employees are properly informed, trained and supervised.
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