The objective of COSHH is to prevent, or to adequately control, exposure to substances hazardous to health, so as to prevent ill health.
You can do this by:
Changing how often a task is undertaken, or when, or reducing the number of employees nearby, can make an improvement to exposure control.
You should also look at the HSE REACH web pages for information about what the Regulations mean for users of chemicals.
Other control equipment includes spillage capture, decontamination, clean-up procedures and personal protective equipment (PPE).
Control through ways of working includes operating procedures, supervision and training.
It includes emergency procedures, decontamination and ‘permits to work' for tasks such as maintenance.
It also means testing all control measures regularly – equipment, ways of working and behaviour, to make sure that they work properly.
You should keep records of examinations, tests and repairs to equipment for at least five years. This helps to identify any trends or variations in equipment deterioration.
Where control measures are in place it is important to use them properly.