Spillages of Hazardous Substances
The spillage or accidental escaping of hazardous substances into the surrounding environment can be a potentially devastating, damaging and deadly occurrence for all living creatures and organisms, including humans. When released into the atmosphere or finding its way into watercourses such as streams or rivers, these contaminants can travel and adversely affect great areas, and subsequently, a large number of life forms.
This means that the prevention of spillages and accidental releases must be a key priority for any business, and particularly those which deal with especially dangerous and hazardous substances. There will be a great need for thorough health and safety training including frequent refresher courses, not to mention training on relevant specific topics such as COSHH training and permit to work systems. Both management and workers will also benefit from environmental training through courses like the NEBOSH Environmental Certificate or our own range of environmental awareness courses which can be tailored to the substances and processes used within your organisation.
It is essential that persons with suitable knowledge and are competent at doing so carry out environmental risk assessments to determine the potential risks that are present with regards to environmental damage, either through the organisation's normal operations or in the event of an emergency or accident taking place.
Along with training and the resulting knowledge gained by a person, regular inspections of machinery, equipment, pipe work, storage areas and the like are needed to ensure that poor maintenance is not responsible for a spillage occurring. Such a simple and easily remedied situation like a worn and easily replaceable part can be the difference between a major environmental and potentially lethal incident taking place or not.
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.