What is a COSHH Assessment?
A COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) assessment is an organized process of evaluating hazardous chemicals and their effects on employees. UK COSHH Regulations (2002) state that employers should carry out a COSHH assessment to protect employees from overexposure to hazardous chemicals and to prevent injuries and the acquisition of diseases.
We compiled 3 of the best COSHH assessment templates you can download for free and customize. Perform paperless COSHH assessments using the iAuditor mobile app. Spend less time recording risks and more time fixing them.
Why Perform COSHH Assessments?
Skin exposure to hazardous substances is a very common occupational disease.
A recent HSE report found 6,000 self reported cases of skin disease in the last 3 years 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 and healthy workspace and help boost employee productivity.
6 Essential Elements of a COSHH Assessment Template
A COSHH assessment template is used by employers and safety teams to spot chemical hazards and other potential health risks on site. 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
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.