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The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) requires a formal assessment for all substances, from raw materials to finished products.

Before undertaking a COSHH assessment you will need to look at :

• What you do that that involves hazardous substances
• How can these cause Harm
• How can you reduce the risk of harm occurring

Always try to prevent exposure at source. For example:

• Can you avoid using a hazardous substance or use a safer process – preventing exposure, eg using water-based rather than solvent-based products, applying by brush rather than spraying?

• Can you substitute it for something safer – eg swap an irritant cleaning product for something milder, or using a vacuum cleaner rather than a brush?

• Can you use a safer form, eg can you use a solid rather than liquid to avoid splashes or a waxy solid instead of a dry powder to avoid dust?



SQE’s COSHH Assessments cover the substances identified by the HSE as requiring specific assessments, namely:

• chemicals
• products containing chemicals
• fumes
• dusts
• vapours
• mists
• nanotechnology
• gases and asphyxiating gases
• biological agents (germs)

COSHH does not cover the below as they have their own specific regulations.

• Lead
• Asbestos
• Radioactive substances

SQE will prepare detailed COSHH Assessments on your behalf. Our COSHH assessments provide a clear, unambiguous information that is easily understood, identifying control measures, special precautions, etc.

Training can be provided as needed, on the requirements of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations, Please refer to our training courses or call 029 2036 2033.

T: 029 2036 2033 E: info@sqe.ltd.uk