COSHH Assessments can take lots of time and effort, specifically if you need to get through tens if not hundreds of substances with individual COSHH Assessments. These are also a burden to keep up to date.

There is a solution that will help lots of us by completing a task or process COSHH Assessment instead.

This is because it is unlikely that you will change the process halfway through for different substances.

For Example, you may need protective latex gloves for some substances but vinyl less protective for other substances. As such, you are not likely to change gloves halfway through.

Step 1 – Identify the substances used within the task

Step 2 – Prepare for the worst-case and most hazardous substances

Step 3 – Assess what control measures are needed and apply to all substances

Step 4 – Make sure the task can be safely completed using this method

Step 5 – Maintain communication to those doing the job, appropriate review and updates as required for all substances.

For an example of a COSHH Process risk assessment, please take a look at this free download section.

Of course, if you have any trouble with these, please get in touch on rldavies@orbisenvironmental.com or call 07402093183. I am always happy to help.

A little more info…

What control measures do we need that can be applied to all substances?

Identification and Labelling need to be consistent, so everyone knows what substances are in which bottles/jugs/jars etc.

Storage and Containment (Including Spill Control) needs to be considered so that the substance does not corrode through anything and leak. Also, appropriate spill media such as paper towels, sand, soil need to be considered.

Personal Protective Equipment will be a very important factor. Make sure the most aggressive and dangerous substance is protected against and by default the other substances should be covered also.

LEV Extraction may be needed for substances that are dangerous if inhaled. Getting very good extraction flow which can be seen to draw the substance (smoke, vapour or dust etc.) away from the persons breathing area.

NOTE – A good idea here is to video record the process using a smoke stick to show the smoke being drawn away from the operator breathing area. This is a good visual representation f if the LEV works well enough.