Download this free COSHH Assessment template and feel free to use it in conjunction with the video tutorial found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQpsjHbtCAo&t=11s
The COSHH Assessment Template comes in Word™ format and has a section at the top of the first page for you to enter your company name and project details, and a section at the bottom for you sign, print and date.
It’s fully editable, allowing you to write COSHH Assessments that are relevant and specific to your trade and industry.
COSHH stands for Control Of Substances Hazardous to Health, and most principal contractors and other organisations are requesting COSHH Assessments where health risks may arise from employees coming into contact with substances that may be hazardous.
You may think of substance risks as things that are poisonous, such as Arsenic, or substances that cause immediate harm with skin contact, such as Sulphuric Acid. This however is not the case.
The HSE, CDM contractors and principal contractors such as local authorities, hospitals, schools and housing associations are all asking for comprehensive RAMs that include COSHH documents.
Furthermore, more they want you to identify the hazards and assess the risks of substances that your company uses by using a COSHH Assessment Template for products such as: Decorators caulk, silicone, cement, paint, detergents, bleach, expanding foam, grab adhesive, furniture polish etc. The list goes on.
You may think that something like cement or paint is low risk and doesn’t merit you using this COSHH Assessment Template to make an assessment, but if we look at the template we can see that there are several considerations for each substance that need to be taken into account. Including what to do if there’s an accidental spillage and the substances firefighting measures.
The COSHH Assessment Template not only tells us if the substance been used is hazardous to health, but also if it’s hazardous to the environment, if it’s corrosive, toxic, or explosive. If there is a work exposure limit or if the substance can be used in confined spaces. The health risks and first aid details.
As you learn how to use this COSHH Assessment Template, you will see that their reason is so that principal contractors can see that you have a full understanding of the substances and products that you use.