Hazardous Substances Compensation Claims
The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) state that every employer has an obligation to prevent employees being exposed to substances which are hazardous to their health.
Under the Regulations the use of certain substances is prohibited and in addition it identifies the steps which must be taken with regard to the use of other hazardous substances.
Where work is undertaken with hazardous substances an employer must undertake a suitable and sufficient risk assessment addressing a number of issues including the hazardous properties of the substance and the control measures necessary to prevent exposure. The risk assessment must also identify the information and training to be provided to relevant employees and any other individual likely to be exposed to the substance.
In addition exposure levels must be monitored on a regular basis and there should also be a system of health surveillance for all employees who face the risk of potential exposure.The use and effectiveness of control measures and personal protective equipment should be reviewed on a regular basis and appropriate records maintained.
Full training should also be provided not only in relation to the hazardous nature of the substances but also the correct use of the control measures and any personal protective equipment that is deemed necessary. No work should be undertaken by any employee unless and until such training has been provided.
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