Guide to COSHH

In any industry that involves working with chemicals or hazardous substances, workers will invariably come across COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) symbols on the labels of bottles and containers that store dangerous substances. It is essential that these labels are understood, and that the COSHH standards are followed in the handling and storage […]

Week Commencing 19/06/2023 – In The News

Mind celebrates milestone Mental health charity Mind is celebrating its national partner Dunelm becoming the 2,500th organisation to sign up to the Mental Health at Work Commitment. Designed for organisations of all sizes from all sectors, the Mental Health at Work Commitment, part of the Mental Health at Work Programme, is a simple framework and is based […]

Week Commencing 22/05/2023 – In The News

RCN concerned after mental health hub closures The RCN has learned that out of 41 mental health hubs established to support health and social care staff in England, a third have already closed, leaving an estimated one million people unsupported. A further seven of the specialist hubs, which were launched during the COVID-19 pandemic, have […]

Top 10 Tips for Controlling Hazardous Substances at Work

Hazardous substances are responsible for illness in thousands of workers every year, and can cause a number of serious conditions such as asthma, cancer and skin disease. It is essential that employers take precautionary measures to protect their workers from these substances. Keep reading for our advice on how to take control in your workplace […]

Safety Spotlight: Asbestos Awareness & COSHH

As part of April’s Hazard of the Month, Hazardous Substances, we’re highlighting two key areas: Asbestos Awareness and Control of Hazardous Substances (COSHH). Asbestos Awareness Employers must ensure that anyone who may disturb asbestos during their normal work, or anyone who supervises them, receives the correct level of information, instruction and training to enable them to work safely. There […]

First Aid: Burns

Burns can occur in any workplace; each year some 13,000 burns injuries are treated in British hospitals and around 200 people die from burn-related injuries. A third of adult burns are work-related. As these figures only represent those burns that are treated in hospital, the actual figure is potentially much higher. What Can Cause Burns? […]

The Basics of COSHH

COSHH is an abbreviation for Control Of Substances Hazardous to Health. Substances that are hazardous to our health have been around as long as mankind itself and although not all of them appear to be hazardous, many substances can cause risks to your health and safety if you don’t handle them properly. What is covered […]

Safety Spotlight: Asbestos Awareness & Control of Hazardous Substances

As part of April’s Hazard of the Month, Hazardous Substances, we’re highlighting two key areas: Asbestos Awareness and Control of Hazardous Substances. Asbestos Awareness ‘The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012’ mandates that all individuals who may come into contact with asbestos fibres at work must be appropriately trained. As asbestos is extremely hazardous, this include all forms […]

Week Commencing 05/07/2021 – In The News

The inside of a railway station

Elephant & Castle Fire: Safety Fears About Railway Arches Raised Two Years Ago Safety concerns about railway arches were raised in a safety report two years before last week’s fire near Elephant & Castle station in south London. Around 100 firefighters and 15 fire engines tackled the “serious” blaze, with London Fire Brigade confirming that three […]

COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) Toolbox Talk

Glass tubes containing different coloured chemicals.

Reason: Hazardous substances can be used in, or created by, work processes. Why is it important: Ignore a hazardous substance today and you may wish you hadn’t by tomorrow. Most businesses use substances or products that are mixtures of substances. Some processes create substances. These could cause harm to employees, contractors and other people. Sometimes […]