COSHH stands for Control of Substances Hazardous to Health. Hazardous substances are found on many sites and can be used in or created by the construction process. A substance can have any of the three forms: solid, liquid or gas and can be present in hundreds of materials such as oil, cement, welding fumes, blood, asbestos and waste amongst others.

When working with substances hazardous to health, employers and employees are required to follow the regulation The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002. Our COSHH toolbox talk help employers keep their employees safe and stay compliant with the law.

In order to be within the requirement of the law, employers have to conduct a risk assessment for health related issues when working with hazardous substances used in or created by a work activity. Precautions need to be taken to prevent or adequately control exposure.

When mitigating risks, a hierarchy of control measures must be followed. First step would be to change the activity or process, so that the hazardous substance isn’t used or generated. If elimination of hazardous substance is not feasible, a safer alternative should be used if possible. Only if the exposure can’t be controlled, PPE can be used as a last resort.

Items Covered in COSHH Toolbox Talk

Our COSHH toolbox talk is split up in following sections:

  • Introduction: Provides an overview of what COSHH is.
  • The Dangers: This section covers the health & safety risks when working with substances hazardous to health.
  • Control Measures: Outline controls that can be used to eliminate and/or reduce health issues related to working with substances hazardous to health.
  • The Law: List regulations that employers are obligated to comply with when working with substances hazardous to health.
  • Toolbox Talk Questions: Includes a few questions to assess attendees understanding of the COSHH toolbox talk.

Each of our toolbox talks include an additional page where relevant dangers on site can be identified and discussed, together with an attendance list where participants can be recorded and sign.

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