Regulation 6 of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) requires an employer to formally assess all operations and/or processes which are liable to cause exposure to hazardous substances.
Performing a COSHH assessment demonstrates that the company has considered all the factors relevant to the work and judgements have been made with regard to the type of hazard, monitoring exposure levels, and health surveillance of employees who may be at risk.
In order to comply with the Regulations, each assessment is required to be completed by a competent person. Therefore, the decision as to who should carry out that assessment will depend on the knowledge and experience required for the particular assessment and the complexity of the operation and/or process.
If you are a retained customer, THSP’s consultants will act as your competent person, working with you to identify operations and/or processes that are liable to cause exposure to hazardous substances. From May 2019 you will have access to THSP’s interactive COSHH Risk Assessment Builder allowing you to build all the assessments you need for your business and to stay compliant with the law.
If you’re not yet a customer, watch this space and we’ll let you know when it’s launched!
Failure to conduct COSHH assessments can seriously affect your business, harm your workforce and land you in court.
If you need any more information on any of our COSHH services call us on 03456 122 144.