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  • Health & Safety Documents - Safe system of work - COSHH
    Safe system of work - COSHHIf you're completing a task that involves a hazardous substance, you must identify the safe systems to be followed. Double documentsIn many instances you will need to produce a safe system of work (SSOW) that identifies how to complete a job. Plus, if the job involves the use of chemical products, e.g. plaster, you also have to produce a Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) assessment. This could lead to the paperwork trail getting out of hand and important messages being...
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  • Health & Safety Documents - COSHH-DSEAR assessment guidance note
    COSHH/DSEAR assessment - guidance noteThe process for risk assessing the use of hazardous and dangerous substances is relatively complicated, so we've produced this guidance note to help you.How to use the guideCOSHH stands for the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 and DSEAR for the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002. When risk assessing the use of hazardous and dangerous substances, you should use a COSHH/DSEAR Assessment Record. Our guidance note uses the...
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  • Health & Safety Documents - Flow chart - undertaking a COSHH_assessment
    Flow chart - undertaking a COSHH assessmentCompleting a COSHH assessment may seem daunting. Follow our flow chart to help you manage the process in a safe and professional way.How does it work?Following our Flow Chart - Undertaking a COSHH Assessment will help you to conform with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002.The layoutIt covers the steps to be taken from the point when the need for an assessment has been identified, right up to how to plan for a future review date.The flow chart...
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  • Health & Safety Documents - COSHH/DSEAR assessment - concrete
    COSHH/DSEAR assessment - concreteIf employees work with concrete you will need to assess the risks and decide how it can be done safely. Use our example COSHH/ DSEAR assessment to do this.Careful selectionThe handling of concrete involves risks to health at all stages including when mixing dry ingredients, working with wet concrete and cutting set concrete. Our COSHH/DSEAR Assessment - Concrete covers the risks involved when working with concrete during minor construction works and repairs.The document covers...
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  • Health & Safety Documents - Flow chart - when to carry out a COSHH assessment
    Flow chart - when to carry out a COSHH assessmentThe Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) state that assessments must be carried out to prevent harm, but how do you know which substances are affected? Follow our flow chart to find out.RequirementsThe COSHH Regulations are fairly complex; therefore it's relatively common for managers to misunderstand what's actually required. This can result in one extreme or the other - either ignoring significant hazards or assessing every substance...
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  • Health & Safety Documents - Safe use of hazardous substances
    Safety briefing - safe use of hazardous substancesThis briefing addresses the key risks and control measures needed to manage hazardous substances in the workplace.What's covered?The aim of this Safety Briefing - Safe Use of Hazardous Substances is to ensure that all staff are fully aware of the potential risks, what can happen if such substances are not properly handled and what can be done to minimise the risk of an accident.Hazards and risksThe briefing identifies the hazards and risks including ill health,...
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  • Health & Safety Documents - Lead
    Safety briefing - leadThis briefing provides essential information to staff exposed to lead at work. What's covered?The aim of this Safety Briefing - Lead is to ensure that workers understand the health risks of working with lead and know what to do to reduce the risks. Reasons for concernIf a person is exposed for long periods of time, they may accumulate high levels of the substance which can cause headaches, tiredness, irritability, constipation, nausea, stomach pains, anaemia and loss of weight. In extreme...
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  • Health & Safety Documents - Consignment note
    Consignment noteIf you send hazardous waste from your premises, you must complete a consignment note. Use our form to stay on the right side of the law.Legal requirementThe Hazardous Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2005 introduced the duty to record the transfer of hazardous waste from a producer to a waste carrier on a Consignment Note. In summary, this document asks the producer to detail the waste they wish to be collected, the quantity, the chemical/biological components and the physical form of the...
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  • Health & Safety Documents - Use of chemicals checklist
    Use of chemicals checklistYou may think that the proper management of chemicals is complicated, but it needn't be. To help you, we've devised a simple to use checklist.Use of chemicals  checklistFailing to control exposure to hazardous chemicals can cause problems such as ill health and fire. It may also get you into trouble with the enforcing authorities. Just like other areas of health and safety management, it's important that managers monitor and review the arrangements in place. Work through the questions...
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  • Health & Safety Documents - Hazardous materials register
    Hazardous materials registerUse our register to keep a list of any substances on site which could be hazardous in the event of a fire.Why do you need it?Legislation requires businesses to provide information about hazardous materials (unless there's only a slight risk) to the Fire & Rescue Service (FRS). The easiest way to do this is to keep a brief register. Make it readily available, e.g. kept by the alarm panel or in your fire log book, and write to the FRS offering a copy. These simple actions will enable...
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