Do you work with Hazardous Substances? Check your employer is using the COSHH Essentials advice sheets
The HSE have yet again provided essential guidance and tools to help reduce the risks posed by health and safety at work. The latest addition to their tools comes in the form of advice sheets for employers and employees who are using any kind of hazardous substances.
There are two types of advice sheets available to download for free from the HSE website here . The first type is labelled “direct advice sheets” which specifically aim to tackle the risks posed in specific industries. The second type of advice sheets provided by the HSE aims to tackle the broader issue across all types of work and are called “generic control guidance sheets”. The HSE also provide a handy E-Tool for COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations). This can be found on the same page as the advice sheets.
The E-tool works as an online assessment for anyone who may have been affected by substances at work leading to an illness or injury. It is a six stage process which guides you through work related tasks and the chemicals you work with. Once the assessment is complete the tool will feedback some advice for you to follow however this does not constitute as medical advice, anyone who is concerned about a condition related hazardous substances should also seek medical advice from a health professional.
Roberts Jackson Solicitors welcomes these new and innovative tools provided by the HSE. The figures for reporting skin conditions from substances at work remains relatively low. High risk occupations for substance related illnesses include hairdressing, food production and construction. Acids from certain foods and cleaning products pose a risk to people working in catering and cleaning, whereas for hairdressers and construction workers, cement and hair dyes remain high on the list for causing skin irritation.
The industry section of our website (found at the top of this page) can also help people from different occupations identify what common risks are found at work. We also provided plenty of information relating to occupational skin conditions (dermatitis) and breathing conditions caused by hazardous substances.
The conditions caused by your work may be compensable under UK law and if you have been affected, compensation could be available to you. If you would like any further information or wish to claim compensation for any of the conditions mentioned on our site please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We can provide with free legal advice and there is no obligation to pursue a claim if you do not wish. Use the contact form found on the right hand side of this page or give us a quick call using our FREEPHONE number 0800 001 4496 and see how we can help you today.
 COSHH Essentials http://www.hse.gov.uk/coshh/essentials/index.htm