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COSHH Update
Thames Valley Health and Safety Group
Rob Wilkes BSc AFOH
CMS and Monitoring Services Consultant
What we’ll be looking at…..
 The COSHH Regulations – what do they
tell us to do?
 Assessment of risk
 Control of exposure
 Monitoring/health surveillance
 Training
Occupational health within the UK
Other nonmalignant
respiratory
3%
Fatal injury
1%
COPD
32%
Cancer
64%
Comparison of deaths from workplace illnesses and injuries
(HSE 2010)
Ill health in the UK
 Deaths per year through workplace accidents =
~170
 Deaths per year through asbestos-related diseases =
~4000
 Number of people suffering work-related ill health =
~1.2 million
 Number of working days lost per year =
~27 million
 Estimated cost to UK industry =
~£14.4 billion
How do I comply with COSHH?
COSHH Regulations
 Have a written assessment in place for every anticipated
workplace exposure (Regulation 6)
 Prevent exposure, or implement suitable measures to control
exposure to those substances through all routes of entry
(Regulation 7)
 Use all control measures provided and maintain them to ensure
on-going performance (Regulations 8+9)
 Where there is concern exposure is not adequately controlled,
conduct monitoring and health surveillance to ensure
protection of employees (Regulations 10+11)
 Inform employees about all areas of the assessment (Regulation
12)
 Make plans for in the event of spillage, first-aid or fire
(Regulation 13)
The COSHH Cycle
Use of Chemical
Review assessment
(Reg 6)
Any
health surveillance
necessary?
(Reg 11)
Any
monitoring necessary?
(Reg 10)
Elimination &
Substitution?
(Reg 7)
Suitable
and sufficient?
(Reg 6)
Control
Measures (Regs
7&8)
Time for
maintenance?
(Reg 9)
Information
& training all informed?
(Reg 12)
Sypol CMS
Market-leading COSHH Management System, effectively
delivers fully compliant, task-based assessments
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- Unlimited access to library of 127,000 substances
- Access to 750,000 expertly written COSHH Assessments
- Safety Data Sheet accuracy check
- At a glance dashboard to help you manage change
- Email prompted automatic updates of legal standards and best
practice information
- Simple, easy to read pictorial summary sheet
- Full user training, backed up with online video tutorials
How do I use Sypol CMS to
comply with COSHH?
5-steps to COSHH Compliance
with CMS
1. Identify substances and eliminate
exposure where possible
2. Gather information and request
assessments for substances that remain
3. Assess the risks, identify control
measures and any additional actions
4. Implement control measures and train
employees
5. Ensure on-going management of CMS
and review of assessments
What is a hazardous substance?
 Any substance or mixture:
 listed as hazardous to health in annex VI of CLP
Regulations
 which has been assigned a workplace exposure
limit
 which is a biological agent
 which is a dust present in air above 10mg/m3
8hr-TWA (inh) or 4mg/m3 8hr-TWA (resp)
 which creates a risk to health
What are substances hazardous
to health?
 What COSHH covers:
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Purchased products (e.g. paints, adhesives)
Process emissions (e.g. dusts, welding fume)
Biological material (e.g. pigeon droppings, blood)
Contaminants (e.g. used engine oils)
 What COSHH doesn’t cover:
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Asbestos
Lead
Radioactive material
Physically-induced risks
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Articles
Therapeutic agents
Cosmetics
Items of PPE
Prevention or control of
exposure?
 Duty to consider whether prevention of
exposure is reasonably practicable
 Examples:
 Eliminate – e.g. Buy pre-coated materials to prevent use of
paints; or replace welding with rivetting
 Substitute – e.g. Replace solvent-based products with
water-based alternatives
 Change the form – e.g. use pellets instead of powder to
reduce dust levels
 Buy dilute/pre-mixed materials
5-steps to COSHH Compliance with CMS
1. Identify substances and eliminate exposure
where possible
2. Gather information and request
assessments for substances that remain
3. Assess the risks, identify control measures
and any additional actions
4. Implement control measures and train
employees
5. Ensure on-going management of CMS and
review of assessments
Gathering information
 Safety data sheets (SDS)
 16-section document produced by supplier
 Provides hazard information about the product
 Exposure scenarios
 Detailed information about the activity that is being
undertaken and the people exposed
 Includes:
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Method of use
Area of use
Length of exposure
Quantity used
Number of people exposed
Frequency of use
 Allows assessment of risk
Creating an Exposure Scenario
Creating an Exposure Scenario
5-steps to COSHH Compliance with CMS
1. Identify substances and eliminate
exposure where possible
2. Gather information and request
assessments for substances that remain
3. Assess the risks, identify control
measures and any additional actions
4. Implement control measures and train
employees
5. Ensure on-going management of CMS
and review of assessments
Assessing the risks – What to
ask?
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What form is the substance in?
What are the likely routes of entry?
How is the substance classified?
Are there any exposure limits?
What aspects of the exposure scenario may
affect the likelihood of harm occurring?
DON’T WORRY! We do all this for you!
COSHH Summary Sheet
Is my assessment now fully compliant?
 Not quite yet.
 How come? I have all my hazard
information and controls available.
 We need to see if any of the additional
actions are required…….
Considerations
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Maintenance
Monitoring
Health surveillance
Biological monitoring
Specific training
Hazards to pregnant workers
COSHH Control Sheet
5-steps to COSHH Compliance with CMS
1. Identify substances and eliminate
exposure where possible
2. Gather information and request
assessments for substances that remain
3. Assess the risks, identify control
measures and any additional actions
4. Implement control measures and train
employees
5. Ensure on-going management of CMS
and review of assessments
Information, instruction & training
 Employees must see the COSHH
assessment before starting a task
 Must be informed of:
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health effects of substances
relevant exposure limits
control measures and how to use them
results of monitoring/health surveillance
cleaning, storage and disposal measures
procedures to follow in an emergency
5-steps to COSHH Compliance with CMS
1. Identify substances and eliminate
exposure where possible
2. Gather information and request
assessments for substances that remain
3. Assess the risks, identify control
measures and any additional actions
4. Implement control measures and train
employees
5. Ensure on-going management of CMS
and review of assessments
Review
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A new safety data sheet is received
A process changes
Someone feels ill whilst using the product
The system tells you it is due for review
1 year
3 year
5 year
 A safer substitute is found
 There are legislative or classification changes
What has happened to COSHH in the past
few years?
 COSHH was last updated in 2008 so nothing
has changed in recent years
 But…..
COSHH, GHS and CLP
 The implantation of Global Harmonised System
(GHS) within the EU has become in the form of
Classification, Labelling and Packaging Regulations
(CLP) 2008
 CLP will replace CHIP4
 Format still similar and covers:
 Physico-chemical properties e.g. Flammability
 Health hazards
 Environmental hazards
CHIP Regulations
 Give classifications based upon:
 Physico-chemical properties
 Health effects
 Environmental effects
 For each classification there will be:
 Category of danger e.g. Corrosive
 Symbol e.g.
 Risk phrase e.g. R34 – Causes burns
CLP Regulations
 Still gives classifications based upon:
 Physico-chemical properties
 Health effects
 Environmental effects
 For each classification there will be:
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Hazard class and category eg Skin Corr 1A
Signal word e.g. Danger
Symbol e.g.
Hazard statement e.g. H314 – Causes severe
burns and eye damage
CHIP -> CLP
 Since December 1st 2010
 Substances had to be classified under CLP
 Mixtures must continue to be classified under CHIP
 From June 1st 2015
 Substances and mixtures must all be classified under
CLP
We can help!
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LEV testing and inspection
Personal exposure monitoring
Environmental monitoring
Extended COSHH awareness courses
Train-the-trainer courses
Help section, assessment interpretation
manual and user guides
 Consultant run helpdesk
Hassle-Free, Stress-Free & Fully
Compliant COSHH Workforce
Q & A Session

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