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Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Assessments made easy

The HSE have introduced a new website www.coshh-essentials.org.uk

All you need to produce a documented COSHH Assessment is access to the applicable Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) containing all the information required by the Chemical Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply (CHIP) Regulations. These MSDSs are usually obtainable from the manufacturer’s or supplier’s website.

The COSHH Assessment website prompts you to provide details such as; chemical name, physical form (solid, liquid or gas), and task that is undertaken (e.g. ‘transferring’ or ‘mixing’). You are then asked to state the relevant Risk Phases (R-Phases) obtained from the MSDS.

Various other physical parameters will then be requested based on the physical form (e.g. boiling point, flash point etc.) obtained from the MSDS together with the operating levels of these physical parameters.

The website then requests a quantity category of ‘small’ (ml or g), ‘medium’ (l or kg), or ‘large’ (m3 or tonne).

The final details required relate to frequency and duration of use.

The website then provides a printable assessment summary. The website contains a number of guidance sheets and the assessment details which ones are applicable.

The printed assessment and relevant guidance sheets collectively form the documented COSHH Assessment.

As the website is linked to the main HSE website it must be assumed that the resulting assessments will meet the requirements of the COSHH Regulations (providing of course that the guidance sheet recommendations are effectively implemented).