What is it and why is it required?
Hazardous substances present an imminent risk to users, be it from direct skin contact, ingestion or inhalation resulting from accidental or inadvertent contact, or from inappropriate use. Some hazardous substances also present other risks, such as those with a low flash point which could easily combust or explode if certain atmospheric or other conditions prevail.
Legislation, most notably the Control of Hazardous substances Regulations 2002 (COSHH) and the Chemicals (Hazardous Information and Packaging) Regulations (CHIP), therefore dictates that hazardous substances must be appropriately labelled to easily identify any specific risks and that the risks associated with such hazardous substances be assessed. The same legislation also dictates that where such substances cannot be replaced with less hazardous alternatives, controls must be implemented to suitably and sufficiently manage those risks.
What are the benefits?
Identifying and managing any risks associated with the use of hazardous substances ensures legal compliance and the health & safety of employees, contractors and other visitors to a building or site.
How can the S2 Partnership help?
A highly-qualified and experienced health & safety consultant will carry out an assessment of the use of a specific hazardous substance, identifying safe use procedures and exposure limits as well as appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), first aid equipment and Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) requirements.
A COSHH assessment undertaken by a highly-qualified and experienced competent person will:
- identify all hazardous substances used on site;
- establish the risks associated with each of the respective hazardous substances;
- make recommendations as to how risks can, where reasonably practicable to do so, be eliminated; and
- identify appropriate management controls which are required to suitably and sufficiently manage/control any residual risks which cannot otherwise be eliminated.
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