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Control of Substances Hazardous  to Health (COSHH)

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) regulations first came into force in the eighties, and has gone through many revisions since then, the current legislation ascended into law in 2002.


Examples of Substances hazardous to health:


This list is not exhaustive, there are many additional substances that are hazardous to health.


Substances not covered by COSHH regulations:


There are substances which do not come under COSHH regulations, as they have their own regulations covering them for example:


Again this list is not exhaustive and many additial materials have special legislation covering them and therefore exempt under COSHH regualtions.


The COSHH regulations and associated Code of Practices are set out in a step-by-step approach to make management of COSHH as simple as possible. Employers can use the COSHH essentials on the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) website. This website is intended to support employers in meeting their requirements as set out out in the legislation. The Essentials website will help to identify appropriate control measures for wide range of substances and task combinations.


What must employers do under COSHH?


Under COSHH there are 7  steps which employers should take in order to meet their responsibility under COSHH:


Step 1: Assess the risks,

Step 2: Record and review the assessment,

Step 3: Prevent or adequately control exposure,

Step 4:  Ensure that control measures are used and maintained,

Step 5: Monitor exposure,

Step 6: Carry out appropriate health surveillance,

Step 7: Ensure staff are properly informed, trained and supervised.

We have 1 specialist COSHH Qualification accredited by Qualsafe Awards:

Principles of Coshh - Level 2 (RQF)

Globally Harmonised System against Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) Regulations

The vast majority of commercial chemicals, the presence (or otherwise) of a warning label/sign, will indicate if COSHH is relevant. The Globally Harmonised System (GHS) of classification and labelling of chemicals is an international standard for identification of labelling chemicals, replacing the Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) Regulations (CHIP) in 2015.

Label Sign

New GHS Label

Old CHIP Label

Label Sign

New GHS Label

Old CHIP Label

Label Sign

New GHS Label

Old CHIP Label

Compressed

Gas


N/A

Flammable



Health

Hazard


N/A

Corrosive



Harmful/

Irritant



Oxidising



Explosive



Harmful to the Environment



Toxic



GHS_Compressed Gas GHS_Corrosive GHS_Explosive GHS_Harmful_irritant GHS_Flammable GHS_Harmful_to_the_Environment GHS_Oxidising GHS_Health_Hazard GHS_Toxic CHIP_Oxidising CHIP_Flammable CHIP_Toxic CHIP_Corrosive CHIP_Irritant CHIP_Harmful_to_the_Environment CHIP_Explosive

Do You know what the Signs mean?