People are exposed to substances every day but there are certain professions that are more at risk of being exposed to a hazardous substance than others, for example, dusty or fume-laden environments, quarries, metal finishers and woodworking factories.
Hazardous substances are supplied and stored materials, process ingredients, maintenance substances, or the finished product or by-products.
To prevent and reduce harm or ill health to people that work with or around hazardous substances, regular assessments must take place.
The COSHH (control of substances hazardous to health) regulations 2002 requires that the risks of all hazardous substances in the workplace are evaluated, whether they be liquid, gas, dust, vapour, nanomaterials or microbiological organisms.
Failure to comply with health and safety compliance is serious. In 2016/2017, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) issued 11,913 notices, prosecuted 554 cases, and issued £69.9 million worth of fines following a conviction.
How our experts can help:
- Preparation of COSHH assessments.
- Train and guide staff to conduct COSHH assessments.
- Determine whether exposures are effectively prevented or adequately controlled.
- Consider exposure monitoring and health surveillance.
- Make recommendations and provide supportive guidance information.
- Identify and provide awareness training for relevant employees.