COSHH Risks From Mists
One of the most common forms of COSHH risks come from chemical agents, which are often in the form of gases, liquids, vapours and mists. These can easily enter the body, primarily through inhalation, although they can also enter through the skin by ingestion.
The types of chemicals will vary tremendously in terms of toxicity and the potential hazard to a person's health. However, even chemicals which are considered low-risk can still have a severe impact on a person's health later in life if they are exposed to the substance over a long period of time (e.g. small doses for years). To help workers understand and be more aware of the dangers that substances hazardous to heath pose both in the short term and in the long term, putting them on COSHH training courses can be highly beneficial, as can other health and safety courses covering different topics regarding being safe at work.
In terms of chemical forms, mists are often encountered in particular places of work in certain industries. Like vapours they exist close to their boiling temperature, but mists are closer to the liquid stage than a vapour is. A mist is primarily encountered in workplaces which operate spraying processes, the most obvious of which is during spray painting. If it is not possible for the paint spraying process to be done by robotic machinery, all suitable precautions need to be taken to ensure that workers involved in the paint spraying process are protected from the hazardous mist. This is likely to involve the mandatory wearing of protective suits which cover the entire body to prevent absorption through or irritation of the skin (as well as protecting clothes from staining!), and wearing suitable respiratory protective equipment (RPE).
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.