B8.3.1 COSHH continued…

 

To meet the requirements of the COSHH Regulations there are eight steps that you must follow:

Step 1             Assess the Risks

Assess the risks to health from hazardous substances used in or created by your workplace activities.

 

Step 2             Decide what precautions are needed

You must not carry out work which could expose your employees to hazardous substances without first considering the risks and the necessary precautions, and what else you need to do to comply with COSHH.

 

Step 3             Prevent what adequately control exposure

You must prevent your employees being exposed to hazardous substances. Where preventing exposure is not reasonably practicable, then you must adequately control it.

 

Step 4             Ensure that control measures are used and maintained

Ensure that control measures are used and maintained properly and that safety procedures are followed.

 

Step 5             Monitor the Exposure

Monitor the Exposure of employees to hazardous substances if necessary.

 

Step 6             Carry out appropriate health surveillance

Carry out appropriate health surveillance where your assessment has shown this is necessary or where COSHH sets specific requirements.

 

Step 7             Prepare plans and procedures to deal with the accidents, incidents and emergencies.

Prepare plans and procedures to deal with the accidents, incidents and emergencies involving hazardous substances, where necessary.

 

Step 8             Ensure employees are properly informed, trained and supervised.

You should provide your employees with suitable and sufficient information, instruction and training.

 

Source:   Health and Safety Executive;

“COSHH: A brief guide to the Regulations. What you need to know about the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH)”. INDG136(rev3), revised.

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