Control of Substances Hazardous to Health - COSHH Level 2 (VTQ)

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COSHH risk assessing

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Risk Assessments and COSHH Regulations

The Importance of Risk Assessments

When conducting risk assessments, it's crucial to understand their significance:

  • Not Just Paperwork: Risk assessments are more than just paperwork.
  • Preventing Ill Health: They aim to prevent ill health by taking sensible precautions.
  • Assessing Exposure: Knowing how workers are exposed and to what extent is essential.

COSHH Regulations Compliance

The COSHH Regulations outline the responsibilities of employers:

  • Risk Assessment Requirement: Employers must assess risks and adequately control them.
  • Task Variability: Risk levels vary based on the task and exposure to harmful substances.
  • Record-Keeping: Recording assessments is mandatory for employers with five or more employees.

Control Measures and Resources

Implementing effective control measures and accessing resources:

  • Identifying Measures: Determine necessary control measures and their implementation timeline.
  • Examples and Guidance: Utilize HSE's website for industry-specific risk assessment examples.
  • Online Tool: Access the free internet tool,, for control practice identification.
  • Professional Assistance: Seek advice from suppliers, trade associations, or professional sources for complex assessments.