Occupational Hygiene

COSHH Assessment and risk analysis

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health

IOM employee conducting a COSHH assessment

At IOM our occupational hygienists can conduct your COSHH assessments or train and guide appropriate staff to conduct such assessments. The assessments determine whether exposure is being prevented or adequately controlled by assessing the use and maintenance of control measures provided. The requirement for monitoring of exposure is considered, as is the need for health surveillance. The provision of information, instruction and training to employees is also considered in the assessments and can be provided by IOM occupational hygienists where required.

The COSHH (control of substances hazardous to health) Regulations 2002 (as amended) require the risks of all hazardous substances in the workplace to be assessed, whether they be liquid, gas, dust, vapour, nanomaterials or microbiological organisms. Such hazardous substances may be in the form of supplied materials, stored materials, process ingredients, maintenance substances, or the finished product; and some may just be by-products of the process. These substances are imported and/or produced under the REACH guidelines. The risks of ill-health from exposure to these substances must be assessed and appropriate control measures implemented in order to comply with the requirements of the COSHH Regulations.

Exposure to Hazardous Substances

Exposure to hazardous substances must be reduced to a level where it is at least below the relevant workplace exposure limit (WEL). In addition, where a substance may cause cancer, genetic defects, allergy or asthma symptoms, or allergic skin reaction exposure, the level must be reduced to as low as reasonably practicable.

IOM has many years' experience monitoring and assessing the risks from exposure to hazardous substances in a wide variety of workplaces. We are therefore well placed to assist you in the following:

Our work is primarily based around providing clients with independent and impartial risk assessments. This considers both hazard and exposure data, and may include undertaking exposure monitoring. As a long-standing provider of these services, the work at IOM has been very influential in the setting of occupational exposure limits and air quality objectives by both the EU commission and successive UK governments.

Please contact us for more information regarding COSHH assessments.