Does Your Business Need A COSHH Risk Assessment?
Every employer has a legal duty to do everything they can to protect the health of their staff. Their are many ways that an employer can do this. The most commonly used method in many workplaces is a COSHH risk assessment. This is because most workplaces contain some chemicals that are potentially hazardous to health. These can range from industry specific chemicals down to typical household cleaners.
If hazardous substances are present within your workplace, you’ll already be aware of the
COSHH regulations. But identifying the hazardous substances in your workplace can be difficult. That means that you could have COSHH controlled substances in your workplace without even being aware of them. That’s why it’s so important to conduct regular COSHH risk assessments. This will enable you to identify these substances and set out your controls to prevent them from causing harm to your staff. And that’s where the ELAS Group can help your business. What Is A COSHH Assessment?
A COSHH risk assessment will help you identify and control the risks and hazards present in your workplace. Your COSHH risk assessment should highlight and manage your staffs exposure to hazardous substances. However, you only need to conduct a COSHH risk assessment if you believe that hazardous chemicals may be present within your workplace.
Typically, there should be 5 steps that are completed during a COSHH risk assessment and these are:
Identify the substances present within your workplace. Highlight the potential risks to the health of your staff. Establish control measures to reduce or eliminate the risks to health. Record the results and help you put your control measures in place. Regularly monitor the effectiveness of your controls and review them as required. Who Can Conduct Your Assessment
Before conducting a COSHH risk assessment you need to decide who is qualified to conduct the assessment for you. This can be anyone within your business or could be a
nominated competent person. For more specialized businesses and substances it’s always best to seek the advice of an outside COSHH risk assessor. We would also recommend this for large businesses. That’s where the ELAS Group can help your business!
That’s not all though. You also need to ensure that you can effectively manage the the process and those involved in it. That’s why it’s important to use a nominated person. This allows you to establish a single touch point to run the assessments for your business. This also allows you to better control the process and those involved in it.
Removing The Risk From Your Assessments
When you opt for a general risk assessment with ELAS, you won’t just get a basic template. You get a risk assessment that’s tailored to your business. It will also be fully compliant with the latest regulations.
Our expert risk assessors will also be there to help you every step of the way. In fact, if you need it we’ll even carry out your risk assessments for you! That’s what makes us different from the other risk assessment companies out there. We don’t just say we’ll support your business, we actually do it!
Why not discuss your requirements with one of our expert assessors. Call our team today on 08450 50 40 60 or complete the contact form and we’ll be in touch soon!