Construction Site COSHH Risks - Cement
There are numerous COSHH hazards facing construction workers, which means that COSHH training is particularly important for those who work on a construction site. These risks come in various states, including liquids, mists, vapours and dusts, and have various methods of entry into the body. COSHH training therefore plays a key role in the overall health and safety training of your employees. As well as being a course in its own right, the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health is also included in the syllabus of accredited construction safety courses such as the NEBOSH Construction Certificate and the CITB SSSTS and SMSTS courses.
A specific example, and one of the most common forms of COSHH substances found on a construction site, is cement. Cement poses a potential hazard in both dry form and wet, which are described in more detail below:
COSHH Risk - Dry Cement
Dry cement which is disturbed through cutting, grinding, sanding etc will throw up a lot of cement dust into the air. Not only will this dust irritate the nose and throat to cause sneezing, choking and breathing difficulty (particularly amongst asthma sufferers) but the dust will contain crystalline silica, which may lead to potentially fatal disease of the lungs called Silicosis, particularly if a construction worker is exposed to cement dust over a prolonged period of time.
COSHH Risk - Wet Cement
With wet cement, there is a risk of burns, which may sound unusual initially as no fire is involved, but is in fact due to the alkaline properties of the wet cement, which burn the skin. Wet cement can sometimes get trapped between the skin and personal protective equipment (PPE) to cause burning, so care must still be taken even when protective clothing is worn.
As well as performing sufficient and regular COSHH risk assessments, suitable health and safety training for both workers and management is vital in order to prevent occupational illness and injury from hazardous substances.
Because of the wide-ranging nature of COSHH risks according to the activities of each business, a COSHH open course would not be that practical, as it is unlikely to be totally relevant for people coming on the course with differing workplace activities and hazards. A COSHH training course is much more effective if done in-house to a group of employees from the same company.
We have two COSHH courses that are sometimes scheduled as open courses, but are more often used as a basis upon which to build a bespoke COSHH course which is tailored to your requirements and particular working environment. It can also focus more accurately on the specific COSHH regulations affecting your organisation.
Please click on the course titles below to read more about our COSHH courses.
Our COSHH Awareness training course is aimed at employees who deal with hazardous substances on a daily basis, and will give them a sound understanding of their COSHH responsibilities for controlling these hazardous substances.
Our COSHH for Managers and Supervisors course covers issues such as COSHH regulations, practical control measures, conducting a COSHH risk assessment and maintaining appropriate records.
Bespoke COSHH Training
COSHH training is most effective when run as a bespoke health and safety training course for an organisation, which is tailored to the particular substances and risks that their workers face. Attending an open course which tells your workers to store substances correctly and not to spill them is fine, but a COSHH training course which focuses on the correct storage and handling of the actual substances they use, and incorporates the firm's specific health and safety policy and operating procedures will be much more beneficial.
If you would like to discuss your COSHH training requirements with one of our expert health and safety consultants, please call us on 0844 800 3295 or contact us online by clicking the "Contact" tab at the top of the page.