The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 - usually referred to by the abbreviation COSHH - were introduced to protect people in the workplace from health risks associated with hazardous substances. These Regulations require employers to control exposure to hazardous substances to prevent ill health, in particular the Chemicals Act 2008, SH&WW Chemical Agents regulations 2001 and REACH 2007.

Hazardous substances can take many forms and include:

  • Chemicals
  • Products containing chemicals
  • Fumes
  • Dusts
  • Vapours
  • Mists
  • Nanotechnology
  • Gases and asphyxiating gases
  • Biological agents (germs)

As a responsible employer, Careys Building & Civil Engineering work hard to first assess the risks, both to operatives and visitors to our sites, and then decide if they can be prevented by using a different substance or method. If this is not possible, the risks are controlled and reduced by introducing various control measures, where we also record our risk assessment in writing, with emphasis on ensuring the specified control measures are used.

Nicholas Burke, Regional Health & Safety Manager, Careys Building & Civil Engineering

Across our sites measures are taken to ensure safe working near hazardous substances, which include use of Carey branded COSHH stores and bespoke tool box talks.

The Carey branded COSHH stores are on all our sites where hazardous materials are used.   These 8x10 recycled shipping containers are used for the safe and secure storage of all hazardous materials ensuring they are kept away from the public and those on site who do not need to come into contact with hazardous materials.  Each container is fully racked, with a ventilation system, a water tight door system, secure locking and lifting and/or forking points.

Our Toolbox Talks are an informal safety meeting that focuses on safety topics related to the specific job, such as workplace hazards and safe work practices. These are used to highlight the hazardous materials that are onsite, when the materials will be used and who is responsible for the safe use of these materials.

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