COSHH Training and Keeping Hazardous Substances Separate
There are many substances used by businesses which are hazardous to health and dangerous to the environment if they were ever to come into contact with people or be accidentally (or deliberately through waste expulsion) released into the surrounding environment. There are also substances which, aside from possibly being hazardous by themselves, can be even more dangerous if they were to come into contact with another substance, for example combining to cause an explosion which can not only cause serious injury or death to those near the source, but can also throw out harmful particulates into the air and allow them to spread over large distances.
In order to prevent them coming into contact with each other, proper separation and segregation must be introduced. Consideration must also be given to how a disaster such as fire or flooding would have an effect upon the separation of substances, or more specifically, how they could come into contact and interact with each other should such a disaster overwhelm or break down the existing segregation methods.
Only those people who have received suitable health and safety training including COSHH training will have the knowledge to be competent to perform such an assessment, as measures such as protective walls, bunds, isolation, properties of container materials and many more can all be utilised in the efforts to keep hazardous substances separate from each other, but it will require a trained and competent person to know which method will be suitable for the different types of substances that are present on site, as what may be acceptable for one may be wholly insufficient for another type. COSHH is no different to other aspects of health and safety in that a person who has little or no knowledge can often make a situation even more dangerous in their attempts to deal with an issue, which is why comprehensive health and safety training is so important. Whilst COSHH training is highly recommended for managers and workers of virtually any company as nearly all will have substances on site which can cause relatively minor harm to persons or the environment, for those who are responsible for the health and safety for a business which has extremely dangerous chemicals or substances present on site effective COSHH training is imperative as the consequences of an accident or incident occurring can be extremely grave for both the health and wellbeing of human life and that of the environment.
As well as COSHH training, the environmental implications of a chemical spill or the release of toxic or otherwise hazardous substances can be great, and can get companies into a lot of trouble with regulators and possibly even criminal charges in the event of severe incidents. For this reason, environmental health and safety qualifications and courses such as the NEBOSH Environmental Certificate are increasing in popularity with more and more managers requiring their employees to hold such a qualification. Environmental issues are also included within the syllabuses of many health and safety courses like the NEBOSH General Certificate and the IOSH Managing Safely to name just two, again highlighting its importance. For more information on environmental training, please see our environmental health and safety section by clicking here.
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.