Your first question maybe, “what is COSHH and do I need to be aware of it” and to be honest, you wouldn’t be alone. Firstly, COSHH stands for Control of Substances Hazardous to Health. Which goes someway to answering if you need to be aware of it, depending on if you handle controlled substances that would fall under that title.
The Health and Safety Executive states that COSHH covers:
• products containing chemicals
• gases and asphyxiating gases and
• biological agents (germs). If the packaging has any of the hazard symbols then it is classed as a hazardous substance.
• germs that cause diseases such as leptospirosis or legionnaires disease and germs used in laboratories.
Taken from the HSE Site (March 2017)
As COSHH is an element of Health and Safety legislation, it is important that all companies who deal with such substances are fully compliant. By taking the SOA Safety COSHH Awareness course, delegates will have a deeper understanding of the legislation and how to be compliant. This includes developing skills on safe handling of substances, awareness of the risks, taking steps to control the risks and what to do in the event of an incident.
We offer this half day course at our both of our training centres in Dalton and Workington , click here find out dates for the next course. Or alternativley, get in touch with a member of our team to discuss options for inhouse training options nationwide.