COSHH stands for Control Of Substances that are Hazardous to Health
It is law
that employers are required to control substances that are hazardous to health.
You can prevent or reduce workers exposure to hazardous substances by:
Finding out what the health hazards are
Deciding how to prevent harm to health (risk assessment)
Providing control measures to reduce harm to health; making sure they are
Keeping all control measures in good working order
Providing information, instruction and training for employees and others
Providing monitoring and health surveillance in appropriate cases
Planning for emergencies.
Most businesses use substances, or products that are mixtures of substances.
Some processes create substances. These could cause harm to employees,
contractors and other people. Sometimes substances are easily recognised as
harmful. Common substances such as paint, bleach or dust from natural materials
may also be harmful.
COSHH and what the symbols mean
A ‘toxic’ symbol warns that a substance can cause severe damage to
health, even at low levels. It can be toxic or even fatal if the substance is
swallowed, inhaled, or simply comes into contact with a person’s skin.
Serious Health Hazard
This symbol ‘Serious Health Hazard’ advises that
contact with this substance could cause serious health issues or have long term
effects on a person’s health. It can also mean that a substance can be fatal if
it is ingested or inhaled.
A ‘flammable’ COSHH danger symbol advises that the substance or chemical
that could ignite when triggered by certain conditions
This symbol advises that this substance that may cause
damage to health. This damage may occur if a substance is swallowed, inhaled, or
comes into contact with a person’s skin.
An ‘oxidising’ COSHH sign advises that a substance has the
potential to cause an exothermic reaction with another chemical.
Gas Under Pressure
This symbol ‘Gas under pressure’ advises that is a
substance in gas form and it is stored in a container that is pressurized.
An ‘explosive’ COSHH label is used to signify that a substance
has the potential to explode if placed under certain conditions.
Dangerous for the Environment
The COSHH warning sign for substances
which can be hazardous to the environment signifies that they can be dangerous
to one or more components of the environment if used or disposed of incorrectly.
These effects can be immediate or can be slow acting.
The ‘Corrosive’ COSHH sign advises used to identify substances
that can potentially corrode or chemically burn other substances and materials.
Please note - this guidance is general and provided
without liability. For full certified training and instruction why not enroll on
our complimentary COSHH training course today.