What is the difference between a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) and a COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) risk assessment?  An MSDS gives you information about the hazardous product; whereas the COSHH assessment describes what control measures are needed and how you are going to use the product safely.

HSE have reissued EH40/2005, their guide to Workplace Exposure Limits.

This is the fourth edition (published 2020) and can be purchased or downloaded for free from HSE books.

If you need help with your COSHH assessments, please get in touch as we can assist you with these, either as part of a package or as a one-off service.

Liz Preston and Kerry Greenwood recently attended The Health & Safety Event in Birmingham.  It was brought to our attention that health surveillance is not taken up within companies as an important issue. Every year it costs billions of pounds to cover workers that are off work due to illness or injury. By keeping on top of your health surveillance this can easily be avoided. If your employees are affected by noise, vibration, dust, fumes or any other substances that are hazardous to health then it may be an idea to keep track of your employees health by using health surveillance questionnaires or by simple changes within the work place. To read more about health surveillance visit http://www.hse.gov.uk/health-surveillance/index.htm or call us to discuss any issues raised.

The HSE are providing COSHH Essentials which set out basic advice on what to do to control exposure to hazardous substances in the workplace.

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The Dangerous Substances Directive and the Dangerous Preparations Directive have been replaced by the direct-acting European CLP Regulation. From 1 June 2015, both Directives have been fully withdrawn and no longer have any legal effect. The familiar square orange hazard symbols used often in COSHH assessments are now no longer valid and the new red and white diamond shaped symbols should be used.

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It is 25 years since the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) regulations came info force.

Risk assessment has always been a cornerstone of COSHH, but one change which is often highlighted is the introduction of control banding – a technique used to guide the assessment and management of workplace risks. Maximum exposure limits and occupational exposure stands were also replaced with workplace exposure limits and the introduction of the principles of good practise as set out in Schedule 2A of the COSHH regulations.

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