COSHH Risks - Fungi
Fungi are organisms which feed on organic matter. The most common form of fungi that most people think of are toadstools, however, fungi can be extremely small and one such tiny example is mould, which people will also be familiar seeing. Because of its small size, it can be easily inhaled as spores travel through the air, usually when disturbed. As such, it becomes a COSHH risk as the hazardous substance can cause illness to those who inhale them.
Some moulds and fungi can be beneficial to human health such as the type that is used to make penicillin, or be deliberately used in food production like blue stilton cheese making. However, there are also some which are harmful to people and result in illness and, in certain instances, death. Conditions such as aspergillosis, commonly known as Farmer's Lung, are caused by mould. In this case mould living in rotten hay causes an allergic reaction in a person's lungs. This is a common hazard for farm workers (hence the name Farmer's Lung), and is a COSHH risk which needs to be taken into consideration, as a farm is a place of work too.
COSHH training courses can provide workers with information on the risks that hazardous substances pose to their bodies, not just from fungi and moulds, but also the numerous different forms of COSHH substances including dusts, mists, gases and liquids which have the potential to cause harm to people or the surrounding environment. This health and safety training, along with the application of common sense and safe working practices will all contribute to the goal of reducing the chances of accidents and illnesses from occurring in the workplace.
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.