What is COSHH?
The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) 2002.
COSHH is the law that requires Companies to control substances that are hazardous to health.
How to start
- Find out what the health hazards are.
- Deciding how to prevent harm to health by carrying out a risk assessment.
- Providing control measures to reduce harm to health and making sure they are used.
- Keeping all control measures in good working order.
- Providing information, instruction and training for employees and others.
- Providing monitoring and health surveillance in appropriate cases.
- Planning for emergencies.
Substances can take many forms and include.
- Products containing chemicals
- Gases and asphyxiating gases
- Biological agents
Principles of good practice and controls.
- Seek out safer substitutes for hazardous substances materials.
- Select safer application methods, such as brushing or rolling rather than spraying.
- Take into account all relevant routes of exposure such as inhalation, skin and ingestion.
- Ensure good housekeeping to avoid a build-up of contaminants.
- Control exposure by measures that are proportionate to the health risk.
- Choose the most effective and reliable control options that minimise the escape and spread of substances hazardous to health.
- Design and operate processes and activities to minimise emission, release and spread of substances hazardous to health.
- Where adequate control of exposure cannot be achieved by other means, provide, in combination with other control measures, suitable personal protective equipment. Personal protective equipment is the final option, generally for short term exposure.