Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Training (COSHH) Training IIRSM Approved
Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Training covers what you need to know about the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH). It’s aimed at anyone who is exposed to Substances Hazardous to Health at work, as well as line managers with responsibility for such people.
So what do we mean by ‘Substances Hazardous to Health’?
In legal terms, these are substances that are classified as “very toxic, toxic, harmful, corrosive or Irritant” under the Classification, Labelling and Packaging Regulation (CLP). This was a new regulation that came into force in January 2009 dovetailing with a set of regulations called REACH. REACH is a European Union regulation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals, which came into force on 1st June 2007. One of the main aims of REACH is to provide a high level of protection for human health and the environment from the use of chemicals.
This Comprehensive Course Covers
Different Types of Hazard
Different Types of Exposure
Regulations and Approved Labelling
Assessing COSHH Risks
The Risk Assessment in Practice Exposure Control
Staying in Control
Training and Emergency Planning
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What is COSHH?
COSHH stands for the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health, which relates to a set of regulations that were first introduced in 1988 and last revised in 2002. The regulations have also been amended on numerous occasions, and are now known as the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002 (as amended). The regulations place duties on employers to reduce the risks to employees’ health by preventing or adequately controlling exposure to hazardous substances.
Hazardous substances can be found in most workplaces and can include:
- Substances that are directly used for specific work activities, such as cleaning chemicals, inks, paints, solvents, adhesives, fuels, pesticides and biocides.
- Substances produced by certain work activities or processes, such as welding fumes and wood dust.
- Naturally occurring substances, in their original or processed form, such as those produced by plants and natural dusty materials.
- Biological agents, such as viruses and bacteria, which can cause infections and diseases.
Exposure to hazardous substances can result in short-term (acute) or long-term (chronic) ill health. According to the HSE, thousands of workers suffer from ill health, such as from asthma, cancer and dermatitis, as a result of exposure to hazardous substances every year. These diseases are a cost to industries, individuals and society. In fact, the HSE estimate that the costs run into millions of pounds every year.