How Do I Know If A Substance Needs A Risk Assessment?

How Do I Know If A Substance Needs A Risk Assessment?

Not every substance in a workplace needs a risk assessment, but which substances do require one can be highly dependant on the business, the materials they work with, and how these materials are processed. For example, wood doesn’t need a risk assessment on its own, but if it is processed in a way that produces sawdust, it becomes hazardous and therefore requires a risk assessment. A company that only sells on wood without producing any sawdust would not need a risk assessment, but a business such as a carpenter or joiner where sawdust is produced would need a risk assessment.

The easiest place to begin is by looking at the label. Most inherently hazardous substances will have a warning label attached, notifying the user that it poses a potential threat to their health. As a general rule, all substances with a warning label require a risk assessment.

The danger comes with less obvious health risks, such as the production of particles or fumes through the processing of materials. The best way to combat these risks is to have a Health & Safety professional assess your business and complete a CoSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) assessment.

For more information on CoSHH risk assessments, read our blog ‘Is A CoSHH Assessment Just For Nasty Chemicals?’.

If you are unsure of which substances may be hazardous in your business, call Steve to arrange a Free Health & Safety Review on 0844 8797286.

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Northern Accountants

Sarah and the team at Quest have provided us HR support since January 2013.

Quest Consulting Services provided us with a comprehensive employment structure with contacts and a handbook and have been on hand to help me deal with the occasional issue I have faced with team members through their telephone support service.

As our personal Consultant, Sarah provides a quality, professional and complete service which is great value for money.

Northern Accountants

Off Limits Corporate Events

Sarah has transformed our HR and has introduced systems that have taken lots of hassle away from staffing issues within our company.

We have worked with Sarah and her team for 5 years and in this time our business has grown considerably. With telephone support available for all our Managers as they need it plus Sarah and her team proactively keeping us updated on changes in legislation we are reassured that we are in safe hands.

The HR software that Quest implemented also helps us keep on top of the routine aspects of HR such as holiday bookings, recording absence, holding personnel records which then allows Sarah and her team easy access to give us relevant advice.

Our Managers have also benefited from workshops run by Sarah to help develop their skills on handling issues such as disciplinary, appraisals, recruitment etc….

The support of Quest is invaluable and provides a much more cost effective solution than employing a HR Manager in house.

Off Limits Corporate Events

10 Associates

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I've known Sarah for many years and she's always been there for me and the business when her wealth of knowledge has been called upon.

We have used Sarah and her team to handle our contracts, handbook and Health & Safety and they are readily available on the telephone when needed or on site at our premises.

Highly recommended.

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