COSHH - Different Chemicals Used in All Industries
When thinking about COSHH, chemicals and other hazardous substances, most people have a tendency to immediately think of high-risk industries which use extremely harmful substances that can cause death or serious injury in a matter of minutes. They also think that because they do not work or manage in a risky industry like this that they do not need to pay any attention to COSHH risks or COSHH regulations.
The reality is that pretty much every place of work, no matter what industry they or in or type of work that goes on, will have chemicals or other substances present that can be harmful. As far as COSHH is concerned, the substance does not have to be lethal or cause horrific injuries. Even those substances that cause minor irritations are included.
This means that items such as cleaning products, substances used to maintain machinery, or by-products from the production process like dust can all come under the COSHH umbrella. Even though the majority will only cause serious harm if a person is exposed to an unusually high quantity, the fact that they can still cause some sort of harm means that your employees will benefit greatly from bespoke COSHH training which deals with the specific substances that they are likely to encounter whilst they are at work.
Along with substances which can cause harm if ingested, inhaled or come into contact with a person's skin, certain COSHH substances can also create other problems. Certain types of dust can be flammable and cause explosions. Also, dust can clog air vents and intakes which can lead to machinery overheating. Both of these situations create a risk of fire, which can have potentially devastating consequences.
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.