COSHH Assessments – 7 key questions

  In my last post I discussed the main problems that I often encounter with how COSHH assessments are carried out in practice. These were concentrating on the hazards rather than the risks neglecting to include process generated substances concentrating on inhalation exposures and neglecting other routes lack of emphasis on controls failure to considerContinue reading “COSHH Assessments – 7 key questions”

Common problems with COSHH assessments

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) are undoubtedly the most important legal requirements for occupational hygienists working in Great Britain. They’ve been around for a long time now – the first version being enacted in 1988 – yet, in my experience, there are still many organisations that haven’t completely got to gripsContinue reading “Common problems with COSHH assessments”

COSHH Essentials

COSHH Essentials is a tool developed by the UK Health and Safety Executive. It’s a “control banding” technique which was originally intended to help small companies, without access to expert help, determine what controls are needed to control exposure to the hazardous substances they use or handle. It was originally published as a “hard copy”Continue reading “COSHH Essentials”

Skin Exposure and COSHH Assessments

Recently I’ve been working with a client on a review of their COSHH assessment protocol. Many of their processes involve the handling of lubricants, sealants and adhesives which have a low volatility and present only a minimal risk from inhalation. The main risk of exposure is from skin contact. However we found that their COSHH assessmentContinue reading “Skin Exposure and COSHH Assessments”