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

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Workplace Exposure Limits

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Understanding Workplace Exposure Limits: Importance and Implementation

Introduction to Workplace Exposure Limits

In workplaces, certain substances are harmless in small doses but can be harmful if exposure exceeds recommended levels. These thresholds are known as workplace exposure limits.

Significance of Workplace Exposure Limits

Workplace exposure limits are crucial for preventing excessive inhalation, skin absorption, ingestion, or direct skin contact with harmful substances. They address both immediate and long-term health risks.

Risk Assessment and Control Measures

A risk assessment evaluates exposure limits and their impact on employees. However, it is best practice to avoid exposure to maximum limits altogether. Employers must implement control measures to eliminate or minimize risks and exposure under COSHH regulations.

Companies should introduce control measures wherever employees are at risk, ensuring all planning related to exposure limits is documented in data sheets and risk assessments.

Application to Self-Employed and Contractors

Workplace exposure limits typically apply to self-employed individuals and contractors working within a business. The company holds responsibility for their safety under health and safety legislation.