Unfortunately, even today, there are a lot of employers who still don't understand the COSHH regulations and what is required of them. Employers whose company uses dangerous chemicals, or produces hazardous substances through a work process, are required to perform COSHH assessments on every one of those work activities. However, they get confused by the assessment process and often use inadequate assessment techniques. This usually means that the control measures they decide
Skins disorders can be a bit of a worry for some businesses. If you're working in a place that deals with handling and transporting hazardous substances, working inside machinery or on other contaminated surfaces then it can be difficult to fully protect all of a persons skin all of the time. Especially when that person is in such frequent contact with chemicals, even when cleaning your hands you're using a substance (or substances) that could cause your skin to dry out which
Hey. This morning I've been looking into breaches of the COSHH Regulations. And I'm completely baffled by how many companies have been fined, directors put in prison and unfortunate workers injured.
It's 2020 and companies are still cutting corners with safety?
As a safety professional, it deeply upsets me that these employers can be so cavalier about the lives of their workforce.
And yes, there have been deaths as well as countless injuries; a worrying amount of them life
Today I'm going to tell you about a group of chemicals that are formidable in the potential risks they pose to public health.
Not only to us humans but often to the devastation of the environment too.
It's no secret that chemicals are all around us.
You and I are made up of chemicals, and so is the computer or smartphone you're reading this article on.
In fact, everything on our planet, living or exanimate, is made up of different combinations of chemicals.
Hey, it's Dale here again. Today I want to clear up the confusion pertaining to which training is needed to safely handle, use and store hazardous substances in the workplace. It is a question that often comes up when business owners need to send their employees for training in health and safety. Especially when it's chemical safety. I have heard it being said that COSHH training is only required for employees of large businesses in the industrial sector who use large quantit
Proper COSHH storage method and placement should be dictated by your risk assessments. This article will explain the correct procedures for COSHH storage, including: Eliminating and reducing risk when storing COSHH regulated products, When and how to properly ventilate, How to properly secure COSHH storage areas. If there has been no previous risk assessment taken, or it requires review, then it is necessary to undertake a risk assessment to ensure the safe handling and stora
Safety Data Sheets (SDS), previously known as Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), are a requirement of the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH.) REACH are a body of regulations put into place in June 2007 and are the controlling system for chemical use and handling in Europe. Since REACH took over control of the previous system, the Chemicals Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply Regulations 2002 (CHIP), it has been changed to adh
When a workplace frequently uses chemicals, or creates substances that are hazardous to health through a work process then everyone on-site must immediately be able to know and recognise the COSHH symbols and their meanings. These symbols are required to be placed on the packaging of hazardous substances. COSHH symbols must be clearly visible and instantly convey the correct warning pertaining to the use, storage and transport of a substance. Following the 2-year grace period
Today I want to talk to you about the results of my recent survey of over 6,000 businesses.
And how it proves that over 90% of companies in the UK are failing in at least one aspect of chemical safety.
If you use chemicals of any kind in your workplace, and most businesses do, then you should read this carefully.
You have probably heard of safety data sheets. You should have if your workplace uses hazardous chemicals. You should see them quite often, in fact.
Hello, my name is Dale and I'm the Founder of the International Association for Chemical Safety (IACS)
Today I want to talk to you about the side-effects of poorly handled chemical safety in the workplace.
These are the things the safety authorities don't want you to know!
I also want to tell you about - The new COSHH Risk Assessor Certification™. I created this FREE accreditation course to tackle the incredibly massive number of chemical safety mistakes that happen all ov
I was digging through the results of a new survey I put together a while ago. The survey was called 'Is your business compliant with chemical safety law? (COSHH)'. Why did I do it? I wanted to know what areas of chemical safety people are struggling with. Over the week I collected answers to 14 COSHH related multiple choice questions. I couldn't believe what I was reading! (their answers were shocking) Anyway, 230 people completed the survey in full. Alarmingly though, 414 st
COSHH, or The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 is how the UK government ensure safe use and control of hazardous substances. COSHH is a statutory body of regulations in the United Kingdom. It places certain requirements on employers to ensure that employees and other visitors to a workplace are protected from hazardous substances. These substances include: Fumes, Dust, Fibres, Biological agents, Nano-particles, Chemicals Vapours. Every business with
There are so many training companies, safety consultancies, self-appointed governing bodies and so on asking a lot from your hard-earned cash. What for? COSHH training. To me, when it comes to chemical risk assessment or COSHH assessment, existing training seems questionable or inadequate. Let me explain... When you take your driving test, you do the theory, for which you are competency checked and then you do the practical, as in, you drive a car about and prove you're not g