What is a COSHH Assessment?
A COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) assessment, or COSHH Risk Assessment is an organized process of identifying hazardous chemicals used in the workplace and the control measures taken to avoid harmful exposure. UK COSHH Regulations (2002) require employers to perform COSHH assessments as a standard safety measure.
Why Perform COSHH Assessments?
Exposure to chemical substances is a common occupational hazard. An HSE report found 6,000 self reported cases of skin disease from 2015 to 2018 due to hazardous substance exposure. Skin disease from chemical exposure has profound detrimental effects on workers daily activities, ability to work and self-image. Occupations most affected include metalworkers, machine operators and other industrial workers dealing with hazardous substances. Performing COSHH assessments can ensure a safer workspace that can help boost employee productivity and morale.
6 Essential Elements of a COSHH Assessment Template
An efficient COSHH assessment should document these 6 essential elements:
- Detailed listing of hazardous substances present in the workplace;
- Workplace Exposure Limits (WELs) and health risks;
- Control measures to be implemented (PPE, First Aid Measures);
- Information on proper storage, handling and disposal of chemicals;
- Authorization by employer or supervisor
COSHH assessment software for regulatory compliance
Carrying out a COSHH assessment can be a regulatory burden for inspectors because of the
large amount of paperwork involved. Using a mobile inspection software like iAuditor can help your business perform more effective COSHH assessments to prevent injuries or any adverse health effects from harmful chemicals.
iAuditor is the world’s most powerful inspection app and is used to perform paperless evaluations, assessments and inspections. Generate comprehensive reports of your COSHH assessments and electronically share them using your mobile device while on-site.
Download this collection of ready-to-use COSHH assessment templates referencing HSE online sources and converted using iAuditor.