What is COSHH? COSHH stands for the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health. These Regulations require employers to control exposure to hazardous substances to prevent ill health.
What is a substance hazardous to health? These substances include the following
- Products containing chemicals
- Gases and asphyxiating gases
- Biological agents (germs) If the packaging has any of the hazard symbols then it is classed as a hazardous substance.
- Germs that cause diseases such as leptospirosis or legionnaires disease and germs used in laboratories.
Every year, thousands of workers are made ill by hazardous substance. Lung disease, cancer and skin disease to name a few. By following the COSHH Regulations, a company can ensure workers remain safe and healthy.
The HSE Guide ‘Working With Substances Hazardous To Health’ outlines how you should assess the risk of your own substances and what control measures you should have in place to reduce employees exposure.
COSHH does not cover
- Radioactive Substances
These have their own specific regulations.