CoSHH - A Risk Assessment Checklist

Published: 17th May 2010
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The main aim of a CoSHH risk assessment is to protect the health and safety of workers. A risk assessment helps to reduce the possibility of employees being affected while doing work related tasks. It is a legal requirement that employers follow CoSHH legislation.

The following is a checklist to identify if a hazard exists in your place of work:

- Are hazardous chemical substances used in the work place? Such substances may include those classified as toxic, corrosive, irritant etc

- Are Safety Data Sheets accessible for each hazardous substance that is used?

- Are all hazardous substances properly labelled?

- Are all hazardous substances handled correctly?

- Are all members of staff who use hazardous chemicals informed on a regular basis as to the dangers of these chemicals?

- Are there any young employees or pregnant women who have contact with carcinogenic or mutagenic substances?

- Are concentration measurements of substances used in line with Maximum Admissible Concentrations?

- Where chemicals are used, are general and local ventilation systems set up?

- Are these ventilation systems checked on a regular basis?

- Do workers using chemicals have access to personal protective equipment for example goggles, gloves?

- Are workers who are exposed to hazardous substances undergoing regular medical examinations?

- Are employees being given adequate training in the use of chemicals?

Preventative Measures which can be put into place to reduce risk to employees' health include the following:

- Replacing very toxic substances with less toxic ones

- If possible, stop using substances which are carcinogenic or mutagenic

- An automated system should be used for applying chemical substances

- Ensure that Safety Data Sheets are at hand and are the most up to date copies

- Keep a check that chemicals are being properly handled

- Ensure that hazardous substances are stored correctly

- Keep account of the chemical concentration level

- Install suitable collective protection equipment

- Make sure that employees have access to PPE

- Ensure local exhaust ventilation equipment is always used when chemical concentration exceeds the Maximum Admissible Concentration

- Technical checks should be made on all equipment used with chemicals.They should be cleaned and inspected regularly

- Give employees who are exposed to hazardous substances frequent medical examinations

- Keep employees up to speed with training on the risks of using chemical substances


Dale Allen delivers CoSHH compliance as one of the UK's leading compliance authorities. Find out more about how you can use his online COSHH365 CoSHH assessment tool to produce compliant CoSHH assessments with the benefits of a managed Safety Data Sheet library.

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