This week a bulletin crossed my desk from the HSE regarding Dichloromethane (DCM). This is a solvent used in many chemical processes, and on construction projects as an additive in adhesives and as a paint stripper.
Whilst it has the advantage of being non-flammable, it is harmful particularly when inhaled and can be absorbed through the skin.
When breathed in it can cause dizziness, fatigue, nausea and headaches. Acute exposure can lead to loss of consciousness, coma or even death.
For this reason a materials supplier and a maintenance contractor were fined a total of £750,000 following the death of a floor layer in London.
The court were told that the employer had not put in place suitable control measures to prevent risk of harm arising from exposure to the hazardous substance when used in an enclosed space.
Too often on our audits and site inspections, we see packs of COSHH Assessments that have been downloaded for each product, with only a new address added. These assessments often fall well short of information and may not be sufficient considering where and how the substances are being used or created.
This was therefore a priority for us when developing our new COSHH Risk Assessment Builder (CAB) which was released to our customers earlier this month.
The new, simple to use CAB is available on the MyTHSP web page and allows users to quickly complete an assessment that outlines the existing and required control measures for the location and person affected by the substance.
We are already receiving excellent feedback from customers and are pleased to note that it is changing the way they are protecting their employees from harm.
For more information on this service call 03456 122144 or see our COSHH Assessment Builder Here