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How to ensure your business is COSHH compliant

How to ensure your business is COSHH compliant

If you work in construction, as part of your job you may have to handle substances that can be dangerous.

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) is the law that requires employers to control substances that are dangerous to health. It was established to help businesses identify hazardous substances and reduce the risks to their workforce.

SMAS Worksafe, in a recent article, has set out a clear overview of how to keep your business COSHH compliant.

The article discusses:

  • What the law states an employer is obliged to do, including identify the hazards, make a risk assessment, provide control measures, train your employees, monitor health and plan for emergencies


  • What kind of substances can be hazardous and are covered by COSHH, i.e., chemicals, fumes, gases, dusts, vapours and biological agents and germs, as well as household goods like paint and bleach.


  • What areas are NOT covered by COSHH, namely lead, asbestos and radioactive substances. These substances are covered by different, specific regulations.


  • The steps you are required to make to prevent or reduce the risk of exposure to dangerous substances. This can include substituting a risky product with something safer, having strict control measures in place and ensuring they are in working order, as well as ensuring exposure to substances are kept below the Workplace Exposure Limit.


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