The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations is a key piece of legislation that aims to protect workers from the risks associated with hazardous substances.
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It's estimated that 18,000 of self-reported new cases of breathing or lung related problems are due to exposure at work, some of the contributing factors can be minimised or removed altogether with some cost-effective ways to provide a cleaner and safer workplace for employees.
Many people work in environments where they are exposed to a variety of substances such as chemicals, fumes, dusts and vapours, which could be classified as ‘hazardous to health’. In order to determine how to protect workers from these substances, the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations impose duties on employers to monitor exposure to hazardous substances.
Hazardous substances in the workplace can include:
When carrying out exposure monitoring, they should be carried out on a busy day with processes running normally, particularly when monitoring exposure, and remember exposure monitoring is not an alternative to managing exposure.
Exposure monitoring is measured against workplace exposure limits (WEL’s), which are concentrations of hazardous substances in the air, averaged over a specified time period. These are set to help protect the health of workers, and ideally, they will be informed of the results of a monitoring event in their place of work.
If at any point you are unsure what your employees are being exposed to in the work environment, please get in touch with our team to discuss how we can help, our reports include key recommendations on any changes that could make a positive impact with regards to your working practices and protecting your employees.