If there are hazardous substances present in your workplace, then you are putting peoples health at risk. As the employer, it's your duty under COSHH to adequately control any risk, prevent or reduce exposure, and provide your workers with enough information and training to allow them to stay safe while working for you. The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002 are a set of legal directives that require employers to control those substances which
It will come as no surprise that the majority of workplaces there are in the world use chemicals, or somehow produce other hazardous substances. Chemical safety is one of the biggest hurdles business' face and it becomes more complicated as the size of your workplace grows. Chemicals can be very dangerous, but they also enable us to create many things we would never have been able to, otherwise. Hazardous substances created through your work processes, however, are just dange
COSHH was created to protect people from hazardous substances, but who is responsible for ensuring it happens?
The easy answer is.. Everybody! The employer's COSHH responsibilties
Yes, if you're the employer, then the onus is mostly on you. You must not only make sure everybody can do their work safely, but also make sure they are all doing their part to abide by the COSHH regulations. You will carry out COSHH risk assessments throughout your site, installing control measur
Let me be clear right from the beginning here. I'm not just talking about you or your safety people cutting corners to save money and time. I'm also including those little things your employees may do. You know. Those tiny things that they think will make their work easier, but in fact, are often what lead to some of the messiest incidents that can happen in your workplace. Because they add up. And when the same person is cutting the same corner every day, it's going to take
Continuing to use your usual spreadsheets could be costing your business thousands of pounds.
Spreadsheets have been a part of 'business' for a very, very long time. You probably see them all the time. Spreadsheets detailing your company risk analysis, spreadsheets tracking employee training levels and spreadsheets detailing all of the minute details that go into your environmental, health and safety program.
Unfortunately, spreadsheets are notorious for containi
Based on some quick google wizardry (because my maths is apparently terrible) I found that the average person will spend over 82, 000 hours of their lives at work. That's more than 3, 416 days. Considering you spend such an obscene amount of your time at work it should come as no surprise that the environment you work in has a massive impact on your life and the lives of your employees. Your safety, health and well-being are at risk if your work environment isn't properly con
You and I know that ensuring your people are safe from exposure to chemicals can be tedious and time-consuming. There are regulations in place - a lot of them - and meeting their standards can be a huge undertaking, especially when dealing with hazardous substances. Actually understanding the regulations and being able to show that you do by proving your company is fully compliant is difficult when there is so much information to take in. There are several pages worth of data
Hey, I'm Dale. I'm the founder of the International Association for Chemical Safety and I often get asked how I go about getting my staff more inclined to speak up when they have an accident or notice a hazard or risk that they may have inadvertently created. As an expert in chemical safety legislation and compliance I hold the great honour of being in a role where I have the power to positively influence the attitudes and behaviours of people across many different industries