COSHH Risk Assessment Services

The importance of COSHH risk assessments

People are exposed to substances every day but there are certain professions that are more at risk of being exposed to a hazardous substance than others, for example, dusty or fume-laden environments, quarries, metal finishers and woodworking factories.

Hazardous substances are supplied and stored materials, process ingredients, maintenance substances, or the finished product or by-products.

To prevent and reduce harm or ill health to people that work with or around hazardous substances, regular assessments and awareness training must take place.

What is COSHH?

The COSHH (control of substances hazardous to health) regulations 2002 requires that the risks of all hazardous substances in the workplace are evaluated, whether they be liquid, gas, dust, vapour, nanomaterials or microbiological organisms.

Failure to comply with health and safety compliance is serious. In 2016/2017, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) issued 11,913 notices, prosecuted 554 cases, and issued £69.9 million worth of fines following a conviction.

To prevent and reduce harm or ill health to people that work with or around hazardous substances, regular assessments must take place.

IOM's occupational hygienists and highly-qualified analysts are fully trained to carry out COSHH monitoring and risk assessments, including LEV inspection and testing. Contact our team directly to find out more about COSHH risk assessments and arrange one for your workplace.

How our experts can help:

  • Preparation of COSHH risk assessments.
  • Train and guide staff to conduct COSHH risk assessments.
  • Determine whether exposures are effectively prevented or adequately controlled.
  • Consider exposure monitoring and health surveillance.
  • Make recommendations and provide supportive guidance information.
  • Identify and provide awareness training for relevant employees.
EVENTS
20 October
2021
In partnership with the ICBA

Particles and Health 2021

  • 20 October 2021
  • Running from the 20.10.21 to 21.10.21

IOM is proud to be sponsoring the Particles and Health conference, a two day event designed for regulators and researchers to:

  • Address scientific studies regarding human health effects of PSLTs. The value of human studies over animal studies-when human-exposed populations can be studied adequately- will be emphasized.
  • Review and discuss definition of PSLT’s proposed at Edinburgh workshop and published in 2020 in the Journal Inhalation Toxicology with attention to both similarities and differences among these substances.
  • Address translational toxicology challenges, including the appropriateness of rats as models for human lung pathogenesis (particularly lung cancer) in light of lung overload phenomena and species differences.
  • Serve as a platform to present current scientific information about PSLTs important for regulatory action.
  • Publication of pertinent conference presentations in the peer reviewed scientific literature will allow the presentations to live beyond the conference and subsequently be reviewed part of regulatory deliberations.
  • Establish an interdisciplinary setting for industry, academia and regulatory professionals to interact on an important topic. Such interaction can facilitate enhanced understanding of the science and appropriate classification, labelling and setting exposure limits, among others.
  • Recommend areas for further research regarding the significance of the rat as a model for translation toxicology. 
  • Review the biokinetics of inhaled nanoparticles and the potential for non-pulmonary effects.

For more information and tickets please visit the Particles and Health website here.

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