COSHH and risk assessments form the framework of any Health & Safety system. All processes are required to have valid COSHH and risk assessments.
A COSHH assessment concentrates on the hazards and risks from substances in your workplace. The use of chemicals or other hazardous substances at work can put people’s health at risk, so the law requires employers to control exposure to hazardous substances to prevent ill health. Employers also have to protect employees and others who may be exposed, by complying with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) (as amended).
A risk assessment is an important step in protecting your workers and your business, as well as complying with the law. It helps you focus on the risks that really matter in your workplace – the ones with the potential to cause harm. In many instances, straightforward measures can readily control risks, for example, ensuring spillages are cleaned up promptly so people do not slip or cupboard doors are kept closed to ensure people do not trip. For most, that means simple, cheap and effective measures to ensure your most valuable asset – your workforce – is protected.
A risk assessment is simply a careful examination of what, in your work, could cause harm to people, so that you can weigh up whether you have taken enough precautions or should do more to prevent harm. Workers and others have a right to be protected from harm caused by a failure to take reasonable control measures.
Cti can assist you in undertaking these two essential types of assessment. To discuss these services please contact Jon Donohoe on J.firstname.lastname@example.org or 07762 562096.