COSHH Assessors

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Assessors

At the end of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Assessors course each delegate should be able to:

  • Outline legal requirements for control of hazardous substances (CoSHH, PPE, etc)
  • Describe the main types of occupational health risk
  • Outline a general strategy for control of occupational health risks
  • Explain the nature of exposure limits and control limits
  • Describe the main forms of chemical attack on the body and the main routes of entry to absorbing areas
  • Outline control strategies for hazardous substances and biological agents
  • Develop and use a simple risk assessment model for a range of hazardous substance risks
  • Explain the principles of air contamination control by dilution and local exhaust ventilation
  • Describe the main types of equipment available for protection against health hazards and circumstances in which personal protective equipment is appropriate

The ‘substances’ element of COSHH includes any form of hazardous material, including liquids, solids, fumes, dust, vapours, fibres, nano-particles, mists, gases and biological agents such as bacteria and viruses. The ‘hazardous’ part includes damage to lungs, skin, nose, mouth, genes, internal organs, eyes or central nervous system as well as the risk of injury due to combustion or explosion

Millions of people work in environments that bring them into proximity of hazardous substances, and the effects of mismanagement, poor safety and accidents can be fatal: 144 people were fatally injured at work in 2017/8. Exposure to harmful working conditions can also result in fatal diseases, like as asbestosis, which claim the lives of 14,000 people per year. Hazardous chemicals can also cause injury and ill health, and there are more than 7,000 new cases of self-reported work-related skin problems

By following the COSHH Regulations businesses can save money and be more effective by reducing absenteeism and not having to replace trained workers. A healthy workforce generally means a more healthy bottom line

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