COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health)

More than 13,000 people die each year from industrial diseases caused by the breathing in of hazardous fumes and dust. According to statistics from 2015, an estimated 1.2 million people were suffering from illnesses that were either caused by or aggravated by the work they were doing. 

COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) is the law that requires employers to control the substances that are hazardous to health by taking steps to prevent or reduce the exposure of employees to these hazardous substances. 

The steps involved are :

- identifying what the health hazards are

- conduct a risk assessment to find out how to prevent them from causing harm to health

- coming up with control measures to try and reduce the harm they can cause to health

- implementing the measures

- ensuring the measures are in good working order

- imparting the necessary information and required training to the employees and anyone else involved 

- monitoring appropriate cases closely

- having a plan for emergencies

Unless these steps are followed, people working with or around hazardous substances are at high risk of suffering from industrial diseases. Industrial diseases are caused due to the contact with and by breathing in hazardous substances at work. These diseases, not jut shorten a person’s life but also make normal living difficult. Some of the most common diseases include asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema, cancer,and dermatitis.

Industrial diseases are not a fair reward for working.

The responsibility to work safely with hazardous substances lies with everyone involved - from the supplier of the substance to the employer and the even the end user. 

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974)regulates this. 

Some of the most common professions that involve the danger of being exposed to dangerous substances are cleaning staff, hairdressers, welding, bakers, healthcare staff, and garage workers. 

ELB Solution Ltd’s COSHH e-learning course will put the regulations set by COSHH into perspective and inform the learners about the latest labeling system, besides providing the latest information regarding COSHH. This online interactive course will also give you an understanding of the importance of Personal Protection Equipment. Finally, it will show how you should be using Safety Data Sheets and not Material Safety Data Sheets.

Ensuring that your staff is provided with adequate training and protection from the hazardous substances they are working with not only make you a responsible and compliant employer but also help you lower costs. It is estimated that over three million working days are lost due to industrial diseases, which costs British industry approximately 9.4 billion pounds.

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